Born May 13, 1906, in Villa del Refugio, in the state of Zacatecas. Mexican author.
Magdaleno studied at the University of Madrid. In 1927 he published his first novel, Mapimi 37. In 1932 he and the playwright J. Bustillo Oro founded the progressive theater company Teatro de Ahora (Contemporary Theater), which staged Magdaleno’s plays Pdnuco 137, Emiliano Zapata, and The Tropics (all published in 1933). The novel The Flash (1937) shows the tragic fate of an Indian village deprived of civil rights.
Magdaleno is one of the leading Mexican realist authors depicting acute social and psychological problems; notable among his works are the stories “Godfather Mendoza” and “The Mummers’ Dance,” the Mexican peasant novel Campo Cells (1935), and the novels Sonata (1941) and The Big Earth (1949). Since 1934, Magdaleno has been writing filmscripts for such films as Maria Candelaria, The Pearl, and Rio Escondido.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
“Syrye drova.” In Meksikanskie rasskazy. Moscow, 1960.
REFERENCESKuteishchikova, V. Meksikanskii roman. [Moscow, 1971.]
Mamontov, S. P. Ispanoiazychnaia literatura stran Latinskoi Ameriki v XX veke. Moscow, 1972.
Torres-Rioseco, A. BoVshaia latinoamerikanskaia literatura. Moscow, 1972. (Translated from Spanish.)