In the ingenious Insurrecto, Gina Apostol puts the “unremembered” Philippine-American war sharply on display through an unlikely road trip with a US filmmaker and her Filipino translator. Jing-Jing Lee brings the horror of the Japanese invasion of Singapore to sharp life through the moving story of Wang Di in How We Disappeared. The act of remembering, and its political, personal and redemptive power, is highlighted in these potent novels.
Gina Apostol won the Philippines National Book Award for each of her first two novels and her third won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award. Her latest novel, Insurrecto, was named by Publishers’ Weekly as one of the Ten Best Books of 2018.
Jing-Jing Lee was born and raised in Singapore and now lives in Amsterdam. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various journals and anthologies; How We Disappeared is her first novel.
Dr Bernadette Brennan is an academic and researcher in contemporary Australian writing, literature and ethics. She is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice, and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics.