150th anniversary of El Filibusterismo

Penguin Classics commemorates 150th anniversary of Jose Rizal's birth

Press release:


Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Harold Augenbraum

In our 65th anniversary year, Penguin Classics commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of José Rizal with the stunning continuation of his great revolutionary epic of the Philippines—in a new translation.


Picking up the story of Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) thirteen years later, the sequel EL FILIBUSTERISMO (Penguin Classics Original / On-Sale: June 2011 / ISBN: 978-0-143-10639-5 / 368 pages / $17.00), presents a gripping tale of obsession and revenge. Gone are the Noli’s themes of innocent love, its hero, Ibarra, a man of great integrity and vision, replaced by the mysterious jeweler Simoun and a venal—and reprehensible—cast of characters. The result of Rizal’s growth as writer and influenced by his exposure to international events, El Filibusterismo is a riveting and suspenseful account of Filipino resistance to colonial rule that still resonates today.

“Augenbraum has done a masterful job translating El Filibusterismo and provides another elegant, well-researched and thoughtful introduction. Though the Noli remains the better-known of the two, this powerful sequel shows us a more complicated, tough-minded Rizal and deserves a wider readership.” —Jessica Hagedorn

About the Author:

JOSÉ RIZAL (1861-1896) is known as the hero of the Philippines and the largest champion of Filipino nationalism and independence. Raised by an upper-class family of eleven children, Rizal left the Philippines for Spain in order to finish his education. Through his extensive travels and studies, he mastered twenty-two languages and practiced various professions, including journalism and medicine. His first novel,Noli Me Tangere, was published in Berlin in 1887, to the ire of the Spanish civil and religious servants in the Philippines whom it satired. Its sequel, El Filibusterismo, further angered the Spanish authorities, and, when the revolution broke out in the Philippines, Rizal was captured and imprisoned for sedition and rebellion. Rizal was executed on December 30th, 1896, at the age of 35.

About the Translator and Introducer:

HAROLD AUGENBRAUM is executive director of the National Book Foundation. Among his books are Growing Up Latino,Encyclopedia LatinaLengua Fresca, and the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (with Ilan Stavans), The Latino Reader and U.S. Latino Literature (with Margarite Fernández-Olmos), and translations of Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition and José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere for Penguin Classics.


José Rizal

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Harold Augenbraum

Penguin Classics Original

ISBN: 978-0-143-10639-5
On-Sale: June 2011

Price: $17.00

Philippine Independence Day on June 12th commemorates independence from Spanish colonial rule. The national holiday in the Philippines is celebrated by Filipino communities worldwide.

For more information on José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere listen to “The Noli: José Rizal and the Novel that Sparked the Philippine Revolution” on Penguin Classics On Air


For additional information contact:

Gabrielle Gantz / Publicist / Viking and Penguin Books

Tel: 212-366-2248[email protected]