I Was the President's Mistress!!
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"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