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The Pretenders


The story of Antonio Samson is the story of many Filipinos who find themselves lost and betrayed with nowhere to run to. It is a fate that is often their own compulsive making. But Antonio Samson is not just an Ilokano looking for his roots; he is also the modern Filipino who fails to act in a society bereft of decency and justice. This novel, written more than twenty years ago, continues to be read because of its contemporaneity and the insights it focuses on the dilemmas of social change. It is also the author’s most translated novel.