Rulfo, Juan

Rulfo, Juan hwän ro͞ol´fō [key], 1918–86, Mexican writer. In his fiction he recreates the desolation of his native southern Jalisco and brings to life its simple people in a harsh and tragic manner. He wrote one book of short stories, The Burning Plain and Other Stories (1955 tr. 1967). His novel, Pedro Páramo (1955 tr. 1959), is a complex work with many episodes arranged poetically rather than chronologically and narrated by people who are already dead in its fusion of realistic and fantastic themes, it was an important influence on later writers.

See study by L. Leal (1983).

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