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Noli Me Tangere   By: (1861-1896)

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Noli Me Tangere is a novel that exposes the harsh realities of colonial Philippines during the Spanish rule. Jose Rizal's masterpiece meticulously depicts the corruption and abuse of power prevalent in society at the time, through the eyes of protagonist Crisostomo Ibarra.

The novel is a powerful critique of the injustices faced by the Filipino people, highlighting the struggle for liberation and the fight against oppression. Rizal's writing is both poignant and thought-provoking, delving deep into the complexities of human nature and the consequences of unchecked power.

The characters in Noli Me Tangere are richly developed, each with their own motivations and conflicts that add depth to the narrative. Ibarra's journey from a naïve idealist to a revolutionary figure embodies the spirit of resistance and the drive for change.

Overall, Noli Me Tangere is a compelling and important work of literature that sheds light on the dark chapters of Philippine history. Rizal's legacy as a national hero is well-deserved, as this novel continues to inspire readers to reflect on the past and strive for a better future.

First Page:

[Transcriber's note: Tilde g in old Tagalog which is no longer used is marked as ~g.]

[Paalala ng nagsalin: May kilay ang mga salitang "ng, mga," at iba pa upang ipakita ang dating estilo sa pag sulat ng Tagalog na sa ngayon ay hindi na ginagamit.]



[Larawan: Dr. Jose Rizal]



Novelang wicang Castila na tinagalog



Kilalang manunulat at Tagapatnubay n~g m~ga unang Pamahayagang Tagalog.

¿Anó? Di bagá cayâ macalálabas sa inyong man~ga dulaan ang isang César? Tangí na bagá lamang macalálabas doon ang isang Aquiles, ang isang Orestes, ó Andrómaca?

¡Aba! Cung ganyan namang ualâ na tayong namamasdan cung di ang m~ga nan~gan~gatungculan sa bayan, m~ga pari, m~ga alférez at m~ga secretario, ang m~ga húsar, comandante at m~ga alguacil.

Datapowa't sabihin mo, ¿anó ang dakilang bagay na magagawâ nang m~ga alibughang ito? ¿Pang gagalin~gan bagá ang ganitóng m~ga técas n~g m~ga di caraniwang gawá?

»Was? Es dürfte kein Cäsar auf euren Bühnen sich zeigen? Kein Achill, kein Orest, keine Andromacha mehr?«

Nichts! Man sieht bei uns nur Pfarrer, Commerzienräthe, Fähndriche, Secretärs oder Husarenmajors.

»Aber, ich bitte dich, Freund, was kann denn dieser Misere Großes begegnen, was kann Großes denn durch sie geschehn?«

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