The Bleak winter of 1886 was
memorable in the life of Rizal.
1. It was a painful episode for he was
hungry, sick and dependent in a strange
2. It brought him great joy, after
enduring so much sufferings, (Because
his first novel Noli Me Tangere came off
the press in March, 1887)
INSPIRATION OF RIZAL
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s
Which portrays the brutalities of
American slave-owners and the
pathetic conditions of the unfortunate
Of the Filipinos
In the Paterno Residence in Madrid
January 2, 1884
Rizal proposed the writing of a novel
about the Philippines by a group of
Approved by: Paternos (Pedro, Maximo
and Antoia) Graciano Lopez Jaena, Evaristo
Aguirre, Eduardo de Lette, Julio Llorente,
Melecio Figueroa and Valentin Ventura
End of 1884, Rizal began writing the
novel in Madrid and finished about
one-half of it.
He continued writing the novel
(Finishing one-half of the second half)
He finished the last fourth of the
In Wilhemsfeld (April-June 1886)
He wrote the last few
chapters of Noli
In Berlin (Winterdays of February
Rizal made the final
revisions on the manuscript of the
What happened to
Rizal because of sick
In a momentary fit of
desperation, he almost
hurled it into the flames.
“I did not believe that the
Noli Me Tangere would ever
be published when I was in
Berlin, broken-hearted, weaked,
and discouraged form hunger
and despiration. I was on the
point of throwing my work into
the fire as a thing accursed and
fit only to die.”
Rizal received a telegram from Dr.
Maximo Viola who was coming to
Dr. Maximo arrived before
Christmas day of 1887.
moment did Dr.
the living of
Rizal living in poverty and
deplorably sickly due to tack of
Dr. Maximo agreed to finance
the printing cost of Noli.
He also loaned Rizal some cash
money for living expenses.
Rizal put the finishing touches on
He deleted certain passages in his
manuscript, including a whole
chapter of “Elias and Salome”
February 21, 1887
The Noli was finally finished and ready
They went to different printing shops
in Berlin to survey the cost of printing.
Printing shop they found which
charged the lowest rate, that is, 300
pesos for 2,000 copies of the novel.