Where did Dr. José Rizal write his famous novel: Noli me tángere?
POSTED: Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Dr. José Rizal started writing his novel Noli me tangere in Spain and finished up the last chapters in Germany.
At the Ateneo, de Madrid he was exposed to celebrated scholars, authors, literary celebrities, as well as political figures (where he met Prince Bismarck of Bavaria) through lectures, interviews, tertulias, drinking bouts, fabulous dinners, and theater and cultural performances.
Just to give readers a sense of my visit at Ateneo de Madrid in July 2007, I attended the following events:
|Madrid’s Ateneo– Rizal’s favorite|
- A sculpture exhibit by Paraula
- A lecture on writing the historical novel: Laura Lopez and Mar Tomas
- The Short Story, Rolando Sanchez Mejias
- The Classics: Melcion Mateu
- Initiation into poetry: Marta Salinas
- Cinema, I saw a Barcelona movie
- Culture, I attended a fashion show. OK. not really high culture, I admit.
Where (in what apartment or residence) did he pen this famous novel which is read by ALL contemporary students in ALL Philippine schools? It was at Calle Pizarro, numero 13, 2nd piso derecho.
Calle Pizarro 15, formerly Pizarro 13, 2nd floor. (I know I took a picture of this place. I have to dig up my files and attach it later.)
He lived here from August of 1883 to September 1885. The flat was convenient because of its proximity to the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras. He was rooming with Ceferino de Leon and Julio Llorente. However, on 30 July, 1885, Rizal wrote his parents that Julio got married and moved out, while Ceferino left for Galicia in Northern Spain. So Jose Rizal, for the very first time had the flat all to himself. This is where he finally and seriously sat down to write the Noli.
At certain intervals, he would invite his friends over and they would gather around Rizal for a reading. Once, he read his draft chapter on Sisa. Not a single eye was dry. Felix Pardo de Tavera, a medical student and a younger brother of Trinidad, incredulously asked: “Is this true?” Rizal replied: “All I had written here actually happened.”
Soon after Rizal got his medical degree he proceeded to Heidelberg Germany to train in Opthalmology with the noted eye specialist, Dr. Becker. However, he chose to stay with a German family several miles away in the village of Wilhelmsfeld. In the vicarage house of Pastor Karl Ullmer, he wrote the last final chapters of Noli me tangere.
|Schreisheimer Hof, an inn near Pastor Karl Ullmer’s vicarage house,
Wilhelmsfeld, Heidelberg, Germany
The Noli me tangere was printed in Berlin in 1887. (See my blog on how Maximo Viola, my dad’s uncle lent Rizal 300 pesetas to have this printed.)
Rizal sent the first copy to Blumentritt. The second was to Pastor Ullmer. Ullmer’s great grandsons, Fritz and Hans Hack donated their family copy to the Philippine Government in 1961 at Rizal’s Centenary Birthday celebration.
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