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Eric Gamalinda: 'The Descartes Highlands'

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Eric Gamalinda: 'The Descartes Highlands'

Time: December 1, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Street: 725 Park Avenue
City/Town: New York
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Event Discipline: book, literature, culture
Organized By: Asia Society
Latest Activity: Nov 12, 2014

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Eric Gamalinda’s complex , compelling and troubling new novel The Descartes Highlands is brought to life through dramatic readings by actors Alexis CaminsJennifer Betit Yen, andBen Mandell, with a conversation between Gamalinda and writer/filmmaker Jessica Hagedorn on his work. Followed by a book sale and signing.

Two young men, each unaware of the other’s existence, share a family secret: they were sold for adoption by their American father shortly after their births in the Philippines during the chaotic months leading up to Marcos’s declaration of martial law in 1972. Three alternating stories interweave the experiences of these men and their birth-father as they independently try to connect and piece together the complex story of their father and their birth.  Both sons will discover that their relationships somehow echo that of their father's and that the violence and corruption of his generation echoes down through subsequent generations.

Eric Gamalinda’s international debut novel is a contemporary work of ideas that combines mystery, film noir, and existential philosophy and ventures into the territory of such writers as Michel Houellebecq or Javier Marías. Named The Descartes Highlands after the region of the moon where Apollo 16 landed in the same year these children were born, this novel tells the story of its characters’ quest for an understanding of their existence outside of the chaos of their lives, which are spiraling out of control. 

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