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New Czech Translations of Philippine Literature

After a long thirteen years since the anthology of Philippine short stories „Darovaná žena“ has been published in Czech, a new selection of works by Philippine writers is now available in Czech translation. Co-edited by Silvie Mitlenerová and Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, jr., the brand new issue of literary monthly Plav contains a wide range of works by classics as well as brand new Filipino talents. And to show the scope of Philippine literature, there are translations of works written originally not only in English, but also in Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog/Filipino.

PLAV "Literatura ng Pilipinas" Special Issue

PLAV "Literatura ng Pilipinas" Special Issue

The „Literatura ng Pilipinas“ issue of Plav (www.svetovka.cz) contains short stories by Philippine classics F. Sionil Jose (Graduation), Nick Joaquín (May Day Eve) and, one of the earliest precursors of the literature in the Philippines, Pedro Paterno (La dalaga misteriosa y el puente del diablo). The most contemporary literature is represented by short stories Wild Water by Crystal Koo (from the anthology „The Farthest Shore“, ed. Dean Francis Alfar and Joseph Nacino), Harinuo´s Love Song by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (from „Alternative Alamat“, ed. Paolo Chikiamco) and Man of Letters by Marc Gaba (from „Maximum Volume“, ed. Dean Francis Alfar and Angelo R. Lacuesta).

The special issue also contains a very small selection of poems by Rio Alma, José Rizal, Joel M. Toledo and Enrique Villasis, accompanied by samples of Philippine poetry written in Chinese by Go Bon Juan and Grace Hsieh-Hsing Lee. It also features an interview with Virgilio S. Almario, Chairman of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and a bibliography of Czech and Slovak translations of Philippine literature by Jaroslav Olša, jr. and Charlene Balaan.

„Literatura ng Pilipinas“ is available in selected bookstores around the Czech Republic. The official launch is to take place at Czech Center Praha on 31 August at 18:00 hrs. in cooperation of Czech Embassy Manila and Embassy of the Philippines in Prague.