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Welcome to Manila in the heyday of the Philippines' infamous dictator. Stop by the chic Monte Vista Country Club, where members are required to leave firearms at the door. Check out the nightclubs where 'shower dancers' lather up to James Brown's 'Sex Machine'. Visit the neighbourhood movie theaters where teenage girls swoon over Rock Hudson and boys dream of becomeing starlet Lolita Luna's leading man. Look around the slums of Tondo ... the mansions of Forbes Park ... the torture chambers of Camp Meditation.
This is the world of DOGEATERS (a slang term for Filipinos), where HOllywood dreams and tropical nightmares violently collide. Where young junkie and the richest man in the Philippines get caught up in a spiral of events that culminate in a beauty contest, a film festival and an assassination. And where wildly disparate characters - movie stars, grandmothers, waiters, pimps and freedom fighters - indelibly touch the life of Rio, a feisty schoolgirl destined to grow up in America but to look back with longing to the land of her youth.
With its pungent language and exuberant storytelling, its deft balancing of the comic the tragic, the hip and the heartfelt, DOGEATERS markt the debut of a major new novelist.
Jessica Hagedorn was born and grew up in the Philippines. Now living in the United States, she is well known as a performance artist, poet and playwright. She is the author of two collections of poems, prose and short fiction, DANGEROUS MUSIC and PET FOOD AND TROPICAL APPARITIONS. Her poetry is also included in EARLY RIPENING: AMERICAN WOMEN POETS NOW, edited by Marge Piercy and published by Pandora. DOGEATERS is her first novel.
Pandora 1990, hardbound with dust cover, bought second hand
(Ich schreibe 'leider',weil ich gehofft hatte, dass der Streik weitergeht, bis die Ausgliederung und Bezahlung zu Dumpinglöhnen von DHL-Fahrern wieder rückgängig gemacht wird.)
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Trotzdem aber vielen Dank für's Lesenlassen.
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