I Was the President's Mistress!!


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.98 X 8.9 X 1.42 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Miguel Syjuco is a Filipino author, journalist, civil society advocate, and professor at New York University Abu Dhabi. His debut novel, Ilustrado, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won both the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Grand Prize at the Palanca Awards, his country's top literary honor. He has worked as a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times, written for many of the world's most respected publications, and spoken on Philippine politics and culture at the World Forum for Democracy and the World Economic Forum. He currently serves on the advisory councils of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, an international arts residency program, and the Resilience Fund, a project by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime to empower communities most threatened by criminality.


"Effervescently entertaining . . . A dizzying parody of contemporary Pinoy political history . . . Miguel Syjuco's grand effort in rendering our country large if specific, not only to the latticework of libido and politics, deserves universal reckoning." --Alfred A. Yuson, The Philippine Star

"A fine romp . . . The joy is in the writing, lush and complex, structured in the manner of a mille crepe cake: top layer, the hijinks; slice deeper and taste the vicissitudes and outrages of Philippine society . . . What makes the book a worthwhile read are the serious discourses that show its point is to skewer the powerful and mighty and shake the sleepers awake." --Jenny Ortuoste, Manila Standard

"[I Was the President's Mistress!!] has a headlong, assertive energy and a transgressive bent . . . Syjuco's most irreverent set pieces reveal how cultures can get a woman like Vita exactly backward--rather than the know-nothing sinner she's dismissed as, she's the scapegoat for everyone else's greed and ineptitude . . . Ingenious." --Kirkus

Rambunctious, uninhibited satire . . . Those willing to go along for a wild ride ought to be entertained by this tale of dirty tricks and dirty deeds. --Publishers Weekly

"This brilliant black comedy is a wild, and wildly unpredictable, ride through the dark side of the Philippines. Miguel Syjuco is his country's most original and unflinching literary voice." --Salman Rushdie, author of Quichotte

A super-typhoon of a novel. A Babel of rogues, survivors and shape-shifters. A polemic against corruption and greed. A sassy, swerving mini-series, touched by grace and beauty. A Filipino Bonfire of the Vanities for our beleaguered times. An uncompromising work of art. --David Mitchell, author of Utopia Avenue

"A tour de force--bawdy, fearless, insightful, delightful." --Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

"An urgent book, and a necessary one: a Tyrants Destroyed for the twenty-first century." --Tom McCarthy, author of The Making of Incarnation

"Nobody writes like Miguel Syjuco. A triumph." --Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

I Was the President's Mistress!! is a tour de force. Virtuosic, kinetically funny Miguel Syjuco can riff on just about anything--from celebrity gossip to Internet troll farms, pop music to the Philippine electoral circus--as he explores our era's thorniest questions of class, gender, power, and violence. At the heart of this blistering satire is Vita Nova, a heroine for the ages, whose rise to fame and epic romantic odyssey stop the breath and stoke the conscience like nothing else I've ever read. --Mia Alvar, author of In the Country