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On Writing a Novel Without Having to Write a NovelOn Writing a Novel Without Having to Write a Novel

How do you invent a novel, a famous novelist, and an entire country's imagined literature?

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Miguel Syjuco on ILUSTRADO's StoryMiguel Syjuco on ILUSTRADO's Story

Filmed at the FSG offices, Miguel Syjuco gives us some background on his novel.

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Miguel Syjuco reads from IlustradoMiguel Syjuco reads from Ilustrado

Miguel Syjuco reads at Readings from Around the Globe: PEN World Voices Opening Night Extravaganza

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Writing Jokes Without PunchlinesWriting Jokes Without Punchlines

Miguel Syjuco uses a range of Philippine jokes - from the innocent to the bawdy - in his award-winning novel ILUSTRADO. He explains why here.

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Are You the Author or The Character?Are You the Author or The Character?

Miguel Syjuco talks about people confusing him for his protagonist - named, well, Miguel Syjuco - in his award-winning novel ILUSTRADO.

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The Experimental Process for His Experimental Novel

Miguel Syjuco started with a 200,000 word novel, then cut it up into 10 separate Word documents, then cut it up again into a physical bricolage of numerous paper strips. A few years later he had the award-winning ILUSTRADO.

Duration: 3:38

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