The Plain in Flames

The Plain in Flames

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Juan Rulfo is one of the most important writers of twentieth-century Mexico, though he wrote only two books-the novel Pedro Paramo (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 Fundacion 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 Arcangel" 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 312g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0292743858
  • 9780292743854
  • 81,647

Table of contents

Introduction by Ilan Stavans
They Have Given Us the Land
Comadre Hill
It's Because We're So Poor
The Man
At Dawn
The Plain in Flames
Tell Them Not to Kill Me!
The Night They Left Him Alone
Paso del Norte
You Don't Hear Dogs Barking
The Day of the Collapse
The Legacy of Matilde Arcangel
Anacleto Morones
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Review quote

"You can read Rulfo's slight but dense body of work in a couple of days, but that represents only a first step into territories that are yet to be definitively mapped. Their exploration is one of the more remarkable journeys in literature." * The Guardian *
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About Juan Rulfo

JUAN RULFO (1918-1986) was one of Mexico's premier authors of the twentieth century and an important precursor of "magical realism" in Latin American writing. A prominent writer, editor, and translator, Harold Augenbraum is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. He has published six books on Latino literature.
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