Magazine article New Internationalist

[Pedro Paramo]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Pedro Paramo]

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This book, first published in 1955, can plausibly claim to be the most influential Latin American novel of the twentieth century. Juan Rulfo was in his mid-forties when he wrote it and he published nothing more, but Pedro Paramo made him instantly famous in his native Mexico and throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Authors as diverse as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa have declared that this book had the most profound influence on their writing.

The plot is deceptively straightforward; when his mother dies, Juan Preciado returns to his birthplace, Comala, to seek out Pedro Paramo, the father he has never known. Comala is, quite literally, a ghost town, and those who meet Juan on his arrival are the spirits of the dead villagers. …

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