These stories have the quality of an oral testimony to harsh years and are delivered in a spare and exquisite voice.
Author: Juan Rulfo
For a writer so reserved in what he saw into print, Juan Rulfo has had a disproportional influence on writers of literature, in Spanish and beyond, on a par with Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez. His single story collection, El Llano in flames, provides a pithy and moving expression of life in central and western Mexico in the decades following the Revolution. These stories have the quality of an oral testimony to harsh years and are delivered in a spare and exquisite voice. This new translation by Stephen Beechinor marks the first time this masterpiece of Latin American literature has been made available to English-language readers beyond North America since the book was first published in Spanish in 1953.
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.
He has been convinced that he will go to hell for banging his head against things:
'con eso de que me voy a ir al Infierno ... 'El Llano en llamas', 'The Plain in Flames' 'El Llano en llamas', first published in América in 1950, lends its title to
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.
... 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
Category: Social Science
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
Category: Performing Arts
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.
Canonical narratives such as Agustín Yáñez's Al filo del agua (1947, translated
as The Edge of the Storm), Carlos ... in his El llano en llamas (1967, The Plain in Flames), to name but a few, were all unable to consolidate a diasporic Mexican ...
Author: Lazaro Lima
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The Latino Body tells the story of the United States Latino body politic and its relation to the state: how the state configures Latino subjects and how Latino subjects have in turn altered the state. Lázaro Lima charts the interrelated groups that define themselves as Latinos and examines how these groups have responded to calls for unity and nationally shared conceptions of American cultural identity. He contends that their responses, in times of cultural or political crisis, have given rise to profound cultural transformations, enabling the so-called “Latino subject“ to emerge. Analyzing a variety of cultural, literary, artistic, and popular texts from the nineteenth century to the present, Lima dissects the ways in which the Latino body has been imagined, dismembered, and reimagined anew, providing one of the first comprehensive accounts of the construction of Latino cultural identity in the United States.
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
Category: Foreign Language Study
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.
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.
... Draft of Shadows) (Paz) 2:961, 963-64 El pasajero: claves líricas (Valle-Inclan)
2:1300 Pascual Duarte's Family (Cela) ... 57-8 A Place without Boundaries (
Donoso) See El lugar sin límites The Plain in Flames (Rulfo) See El llano en
Author: Jelena O. Krstovic
Publisher: Gale Research International, Limited
Category: Hispanic American literature
Hispanic literature criticism presents a selection of the best criticism of works by major Hispanic writers of the past one hundred years.
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insistent e became that he was not going to pubsh . = " Why don't you write ? "
... put their mark on a generation : El laberinto de la soledad ( The Labyrinth of
Solitude ) , El llano en llamas ( The Plain in Flames ) , Pedro Páramo , La región
más transparente ( The Most Transparent Region ) and Casi el paraíso ( Almost ...
The title story ' El llano en llamas ' is set in the period of the Mexican Revolution
proper , some ten years before the ... Rodriguez Alcalá points out his moral
indifference as he watches the plain , covered with ripe corn , burst into flames (
16 , p .
... in El llano en Llamas ( The Plain in Flames ) , published by El Fondo de
Cultura Económica In prison we ' ve learned the real meaning of the word
solidarity : students , teachers , and many other people have continually shown
us what it ...
Author: Elena Poniatowska
Publisher: Viking Books
Category: Mexico City Massacre, Mexico City, Mexico, 1968
Now available in paper is Elena Poniatowska's gripping account of the massacre of student protesters by police at the 1968 Olympic Games, which Publishers Weekly claimed "makes the campus killings at Kent State and Jackson State in 1970 pale by comparison."
El Indio entitled El llano llamas ( The is the best known of these novels , Plain in Flames ) 1953 and the novel and was awarded the 1935 national Pedro Parámo
( 1955 ) . Francisco prize for literature . Tario ( 1911 ) and Juan José Social ...
... production : El Llano en ters , or present the situations in which Llamas ( The
Valley in Flames ) , a collec - they live and their violent , cruel reactions tion of
short stories , and Pedro Páramo , a to a world of despotic oppression . Marinovel
Author: Frank Northen Magill
Category: Characters and characteristics in literature
... earlier at Pomona College in California , depicts a man agonizing in flames ,
encircled by other men that have been carbonized . Fire , a ... 18 Sainz ' s second
precursor is the writer Juan Rulfo , who published only two major works , El llano
en llamas ( 1953 ) and Pedro Páramo ( 1955 ) . 19 There are , of course ,
symbolic and structural differences between El llano en llamas and Muchacho en
Author: Salvador C. Fernandez
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Category: Literary Criticism
In this study Professor Fernández examines narratives written by Gustavo Sainz as representative postmodernist fiction. The author focuses on Sainz's use of narrative techniques associated with postmodernism, such as carnivalized images, hybridization and fragmentation, and historiographic metafiction. The author also analyzes Sainz's novels as a cultural response and a criticism of the literary and sociopolitical hegemony of modernism. Finally, Professor Fernández suggests that Sainz's novels represent both a national and a universal expression of Mexico's hybrid society, especially during the civil unrest of 1968.