According to Ilan Stavans, the stories' "depth seems almost inexhaustible: with a few strokes, Rulfo creates a complex human landscape defined by desolation. These stories are lessons in morality. . .
Author: Juan Rulfo
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Juan Rulfo is one of the most important writers of twentieth-century Mexico, though he wrote only two books—the novel Pedro Páramo (1955) and the short story collection El llano en llamas (1953). First translated into English in 1967 as The Burning Plain, these starkly realistic stories create a psychologically acute portrait of poverty and dignity in the countryside at a time when Mexico was undergoing rapid industrialization following the upheavals of the Revolution. According to Ilan Stavans, the stories' "depth seems almost inexhaustible: with a few strokes, Rulfo creates a complex human landscape defined by desolation. These stories are lessons in morality. . . . They are also astonishing examples of artistic distillation." To introduce a new generation of readers to Rulfo's unsurpassable literary talents, this new translation repositions the collection as a classic of world literature. Working from the definitive Spanish edition of El llano en llamas established by the Fundación Juan Rulfo, Ilan Stavans and co-translator Harold Augenbram present fresh translations of the original fifteen stories, as well as two more stories that have not appeared in English before—"The Legacy of Matilde Arcángel" and "The Day of the Collapse." The translators have artfully preserved the author's "peasantisms," in appreciation of the distinctive voices of his characters. Such careful, elegiac rendering of the stories perfectly suits Rulfo's Mexico, in which people on the edge of despair nonetheless retain a sense of self, of integrity that will not be taken away.
'El Llano en llamas', 'The Plain in Flames' 'El Llano en llamas', first published in
América in 1950, lends its title to the collection and is carefully placed at its centre
despite the fact that it is the least characteristic and most conventional of the ...
Author: Steven Boldy
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
A comprehensive study of the Mexican writer considered one of the finest novelists and short-story writers in 20th-century Latin America.
Fed by strong winds the crackling flames roared off in the night to consume the
adjacent plains . These racing flames created for the Americans a fascinating “
scene of grand sublimity . ” 13 Like Long , Lieutenant Abert and his men clung to
Author: John Miller Morris
Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn
Using historical writings of early explorers, the author captures the mystery and magic of the great Llano Estacado or "Staked Plains" that begin in West Texas and extend north and west. Particularly amusing is the effort of early railroad surveyors to find underground water at the edge of the Llano (aka the caprock) only to miss one of North America's largest aquifers (the Ogalla) by a matter of miles and in some cases yards.
... Bad Blood: Bare Life and Exclusion from the Mexican Miracle in Juan Rulfo's
Narrative (1946–1958) Juan Rulfo's (1917–1986) narrative fiction, a collection of
short stories titled El llano en llamas [The Plain in Flames] in 1953, and a novel, ...
Author: Rebecca Janzen
The National Body in Mexican Literature presents a revisionist reading of the Mexican canon that challenges assumptions of State hegemony and national identity. It analyzes the representation of sick, disabled, and miraculously healed bodies in Mexican literature from 1940 to 1980 in narrative fiction by Vicente Leñero, Juan Rulfo, among others.
Misterio. Lo lamento, tendré que usar el automatismo y la incoherencia. ... El
nombre es como un lazo. (Jornada II ... Juan Rulfo published his story “Macario”
in his book of short stories El llano en llamas (The Plain in Flames) in 1953.
Author: Nancy J. Membrez
Film itself is an artifact of memory. A blend of all the other fine arts, film portrays and preserves human memory, someone's memory, faulty or not, dramatically or comically, in a documentary, feature film or short. Hollywood may dominate 80 percent of cinema production but it is not the only voice. World cinema is about those other voices. Drawn initially from presentations from a series of film conferences held at the University of Texas at San Antonio, this collection of essays covers multiple geographical, linguistic, and cultural areas worldwide, emphasizing the historical and cultural interpretation of films. Appendices list films focusing on memory and invite readers to explore the films and issues raised.
This excerpt from the interview disrupts Ilan Stavans's (one of the translators of
the most recent version of El Llano en ... The Plain in Flames, trans. by Ilan
Stavans and Harold Augenbraum (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012, pp. x-
Author: Nuala Finnegan
Though primarily known for his haunting, enigmatic novel Pedro Páramo and the unrelenting depictions of the failures of post-revolutionary Mexico in his short story collection, El Llano en llamas, Juan Rulfo also worked as scriptwriter on various collaborative film projects and his powerful interventions in the area of documentary photography ensure that he continues to inspire interest worldwide. Bringing together some of the most significant names in Rulfian scholarship, this anthology engages with the complexity and diversity of Rulfo’s cultural production. The essays in the collection bring the Rulfian texts into dialogues with other cultural traditions and techniques including the Japanese Noh or "mask" plays and modernist experimentation in the Irish language. They also deploy diverse theoretical frameworks that range from Roland Barthes’ work on studium and punctum in photography to Henri Lefebvre’s ideas on space and spatiality and the postmodern insights of Jean Baudrillard on the nature of the simulacrum and the hyperreal. In this way, innovative approaches are brought to bear on the Rulfian texts as a way of illuminating the rich tensions and anxieties they evoke about Mexico, about history, about art and about the human condition.
El llano en llamas ( 1953 ; The Plain in Flames and Pedro Páramo ( 1955 ) by
Juan Rulfo ( 1918 – 1986 ) , Varia Invención and Confabulario ( 1949 and 1952 ;
Confabulario and Other Inventions ) by Juan José Arreola ( 1918 – 2001 ) , Balún
Author: Mario J. Valdés
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
In three volumes of expert, innovative scholarship, Literary Cultures of Latin America offers a multidisciplinary reference on one of the most distinctive literary cultures in the world. In topically arranged articles written by a team of international scholars, Literary Cultures of Latin America explores the shifting problems that have arisen across national borders, geographic regions, time periods, linguistic systems, and cultural traditions in literary history. Bucking the tradition of focusing almost exclusively on the great canons of literature, this unique reference work casts its net wider, exploring pop culture, sermons, scientific essays, and more. While collaborators are careful to note that these volumes offer only a snapshot of the diverse body of Latin American literature, Literary Cultures of Latin America highlights unique cultural perspectives that have never before received academic attention. Comprised of signed articles each with complete bibliographies, this unique reference also takes into account relevant political, anthropological, economic, geographic, historical, demographic, and sociological research in order to understand the full context of each community's literature.