In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the September–October 2020 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes, the ninth topic challenge of the year 2020 will be
the works of Nick Joaquin
What's a topic challenge?
See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during September and October 2020 you are invited to try to read at least one work by the Filipino writer Nick Joaquin and ask questions about it.
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during September and October too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of the one or more works by Nick Joaquin and asking good questions about it (or them). Questions about these works should be tagged with nick-joaquin and either the work's title (for book-length works) or short-stories (for short stories, as the name implies). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
Nick Joaquin (1917 – 2004) was a Filipino journalist and author whose works include the following:
- A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1950), which is regarded as the "national play of the Philippines",
- The Woman Who Had Two Navels (1961), which is considered a classic in Philippine literature (reprinted by Penguin in 2017: The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic),
- Cave and Shadows (1983), a novel set during Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law in the Philippines,
- "The Summer Solstice", a short story, and
- "May Day Eve", a short story.
- A Heritage of Smallness by Nick Joaquin on the website freethinking.me (04/03/2014);
- Nick Joaquin and His Enduring Legacy by Mario Alvaro Limos (12/05/2019).
- Vote for the next topic challenge (October–November), or propose your own!