Monday, November 12, 2007

Congratulations, Sir Butch!

Though Butch Dalisay's Soledad's Sister was not chosen for the top prize (which went to Jiang Rong's "The Wolf Totem"), its being short-listed at the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize was still a great accomplishment.

"According to the judges, Dalisay’s entry, 'Soledad’s Sister,' was 'full of narrative surprise, artfully put together and richly observed. It offers an unillusioned, compassionate portrayal of contemporary society from a Philippines perspective, and is utterly compelling. The characters engage us in the epic, yet very local nature of their quest for dignity and justice. A work of warmth, humanity and confidence.'"

Congratulations, Sir Butch!

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