Juan Rulfo

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Rulfo, Juan


Born May 16, 1918, in Sayula, Jalisco. Mexican writer.

Rulfo has worked as a photographer; he has also worked for the road and highway administration. His collection of realistic short stories The Plain in Flames (1953; Russian translation, 1970) depicts Mexican village life. In the novella Pedro Paramo (1955; Russian translation, 1970), Rulfo has created a sinister portrait of an all-powerful cacique, the wealthy master of an entire region. The work is written in the form of the Menippean satire, an experimental and fantastic genre. Rulfo’s works, which profoundly reveal the inner world of the peasant, are an important contribution to Mexican prose of the 1950’s.


In Russian translation:
[Rasskazy.] Zvezda, 1957, no. 5.
“Rodina toski.” Molodaiagvardiia, 1965, no. 5.


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Harss, L. “Juan Rulfo o la pena sin nombre.” In his book Los nuestros. Buenos Aires [1966].
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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
A Companion to Juan Rulfo. Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2016.
Una excepcion es Tahar Ben Jelloun (2012), autor magrebi, quien no solo atribuye su primer acercamiento al boom latinoamericano a Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel Garcia Marquez y Juan Rulfo, sino que, ademas, reconoce la paternidad literaria de Rulfo sobre Garcia Marquez, el autor que, como se vera, ha servido de <<padrino>> de Rulfo en su conquista del centro del sistema literario mundial.
Published in 1989, the novel earned Boullosa Mexico's prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia Award, placing her among such luminaries as Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Rosario Castellanos, Carlos Fuentes, Elena Poniatowska, and Sergio Pitol; in short, a pleiad of twentieth-century Mexican writers.