Pedro Páramo

Pedro Páramo

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Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo

Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Paramo, whom they fled from years ago, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala. Comala is a town alive with whispers and shadows - a place seemingly populated only by memory and hallucinations. Built on the tyranny of the Paramo family, its barren and broken-down streets echo the voices of tormented spirits sharing the secrets of the past. First published to both critical and popular acclaim in 1955, Pedro Paramo represented a distinct break with earlier, largely "realist" novels from Latin America. Rulfo's entrancing mixture of vivid sensory images, violent passions, and inexplicable sorcery - a style that has come to be known as "magical realism" - has exerted a profound influence on subsequent Latin American writers.

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ISBN-13: 9780394174464
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/20/1982
Edition description: English-language Edition

About the Author

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.

Reared in Laredo, Texas, in the Mexican ranchero culture about which Juan Rulfo writes, JOSEPHINE SACABO is a photographer who now lives and works in New Orleans.

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Pedro Páramo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pedro Paramo is a beautifully written book. The imagery and the symbolism take your breath away. This is a piece of art that you'll want to read over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Juan Rulfo's journey into Comala is far more than a journey home. It is an eloquent story of family, love, lust, and misfortune. Rulfo's style is far from Western standards, providing a wonderful distraction from a typical exposition, climax, and conclusion plot line. Rulfo dramatically surprises and dynamically lures the reader into a magnificent tale well worth reading.
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