This essay situates the novels of Lazaro Francisco against the concrete specificities of our history as a nation, from the American colonial regime to the postwar period. The study shows how deeply Francisco understood the concept of nationhood even as he constructed experiences of socio-economic bondage and a disastrous war that resonated with his Liwayway readers.


Lazaro Francisco, National Artist for Literature, popular literature, Tagalog novel, Philippine literary history

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