Below the Crying Mountain

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This award is given in recognition of the novel, Below the Crying Mountain, which represents a new voice in Philippine fiction in English. The conflict in Mindanao, and the price paid for it by the people who live through it, does not often find its way unto the pages of fiction. Criselda Yabes does not flinch in the potrayal of the dismal situation, presenting it in a manner both intelligent and moving. At the same time, its vision does not exclude hope and triumph of human courage and love.

In Below the Crying Mountain, the Moro rebellion that broke out in Sulu in the 1970s and that continues to wound the nation is seen vividly thought the lives of the mestiza Rosy Wright, the Tausug girl Nahla, the rebel leader Prof. Hassan, the soldier Captain Rodolfo as well as in the quest of the book’s narrator. The personal is political as war fuels the clash of emotions, histories, and cultures.

Rights: Penguin SEA

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A moving tale of courage and love, set against the Zamboanga crisis in the Southern Philippines in the 1970s. In Below the Crying Mountain, the Moro Rebellion that broke out in the Sulu archipelago in the 1970s, and that continues to wound the nation, is seen vividly through the lives of the mestiza Rosy Wright, the Tausug girl Nahla, the rebel leader Prof. Hassan, the soldier Capt. Rodolfo as well as in the quest of the book’s narrator. The personal is political as war fuels the clash of emotions, histories and cultures. The story traces the lives of Jolo residents Rosy France Wright, a half-American girl who elopes with a Muslim professor from Christian Zamboanga to Muslim Jolo, leaving behind her husband-without-ceremony, Omar Hassan, her best friend, Nahla, a Tausug girl and Jolo local, Captain Rodolfo, who becomes Nahla’s lover. The events take place against the backdrop of the escalation of communal and other tensions during the 70’s and 80’s. Through the eyes of the narrator the reader is able to follow the transformation of Jolo—from its former glory days of prestigious parties to the ushering in of a new era of more zealous religious observance.

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