The title of Stevan Javellana
's only novel in English Without Seeing the Dawn
was derived from one of José Rizal
's character in the Spanish-language novel Noli Me Tangere
or Touch Me Not
. Javellana's 368-paged book has two parts, namely Day
. The first part, Day
, narrates the story of a pre-war barrio
and its people in the Panay Island
and Iloilo City
, and Night
, which begins in the start of World War II
in both the U.S. and the Philippines, while the second part, Night
retells the story of the resistance movement against occupying military forces of the barrio people first seen in Day
. His novel
sold 125,000 copies in the U.S. and was reprinted in paperback
edition in Manila by Alemar's-Phoenix in 1976.
The same novel was made into a film by the Filipino film maker and director, Lino Brocka under the title Santiago!, which starred the Filipino actor and former presidential candidate, Fernando Poe, Jr. and the Filipino actress, Hilda Koronel. It was also made into a mini-series film for Philippine television. The published novel received praises from the New York Times, New York Sun and Chicago Sun. Without Seeing the Dawn, the novel, became the culmination of Javellana's short-story writing career. The said novel was also known under the title The Lost Ones.
Stevan Javellana's Without Seeing the Dawn
was all about the village and the man, the man who lived on the farm but became a rebel when one of the land owner betrayed the farmers. He tried the life on the city, but it was never easy for them.