#145 El Filibusterismo

El Filibusterismo (Spanish for “The Filibustering”), also known by its English alternate title The Reign of Greed, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal (From Wikipedia). The sequel to Noli Me Tangere and also written in Spanish, El Filibusterismo was first published in 1891 in Ghent, Belgium.

Like Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo is required reading in Philippine high schools and colleges. The book is not as popular as the Noli Me Tangere, but provides a platform for Rizal to promote his ideas on social change in Philippine society during the colonial era.

Literary critics are divided on the merits of Rizal’s two novels, with many saying that the value of Rizal’s literary writings were mainly anchored on its social commentary or political contents and their impact on or how it shaped public opinion.

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