The political fictional novel, Dekada '70 written by Lualhati Bautista is a story about a mother, Amanda Bartolome and how her family gets caught in the middle of the tumultuous decade. She navigates through life during the time of Martial law alongside how women are treated in society. The novel is now receiving interest from one of the biggest publishing companies in the world, Penguin Classics.
Widely read in Philippine classrooms, Elda Rotor, vice president and publisher of Penguin Classics learned about it International Sales team. Rotor read its English-translation and saw its potential "for a wider English-language audience, especially students, outside the Philippines." The English version of the novel has been available since last year. No updates yet are available after the proposal from Penguin Classics but we're excited to hear more.
Penguin Classics has published other Filipinos literature like Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo and Nick Joaquin's The Women Who Had Two Navels and Tales of Tropical Gothic. We're excited to hear that the publishing company is looking to expand their collection with more Pinoy literture.
Cover Photo Credit: Lualhati Bautista