Life under Martial Law

Features Philippines Sep 27, 2019 at 4:04 pm

DesaparesidosBy Elfren S. Cruz

Around three and a half years ago, I wrote a column depicting life under martial law through six Filipino novels recommended by Karina Bolasco who was then publisher of Anvil Books. Since then campaigns to revise the history of the truths about the martial law regime of the Marcos family have become even more intensive and extensive. I felt the need to reproduce this list of recommended books as my personal contribution to help millennials learn the real story about martial law.

A nation’s story is not just chronicled in the books written by historians and social scientists. It is often said that it is in the world of popular literature that we can more vividly see the real stories about the struggles and triumphs of ordinary people during certain periods of our history. It is the two novels of Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere and Filibusterismo, that reveal the real story of a people oppressed by Spanish colonization more than any history book. Here are six novels about life under martial law.

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