The Plain in Flames

The Plain in Flames

El Llano En Llamas

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Juan Rulfo is one of the most important writers of twentieth-century Mexico, though he wrote only two booksthe 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 Rulfos 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 beforeThe Legacy of Matilde Arcángel and The Day of the Collapse. The translators have artfully preserved the authors peasantisms, in appreciation of the distinctive voices of his characters. Such careful, elegiac rendering of the stories perfectly suits Rulfos Mexico, in which people on the edge of despair nonetheless retain a sense of self, of integrity that will not be taken away
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012
Edition: 1st University of Texas Press ed
ISBN: 9780292743854
0292743858
9780292725836
0292725833
Branch Call Number: FIC Rulfo, J 2012
Characteristics: xvi, 122 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Augenbraum, Harold
Stavans, Ilan

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