The hundred years of Juan Rulfo

Juan Rulfo

This month marks the centenary of the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo (Jalisco - May 1917), a transcendental figure for Latin American literature. His work is loaded with elements that enriched and inspired some of the greatest writers of the continent. Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel García Márquez discovered in Juan Rulfo one of the great legacies and recognized his work as one of the best of the Hispanic literature.

In consequence, the influence of this author on the stories and characters of the Latin American universe is relevant.

The three texts: “Llano en llamas”, “Pedro Páramo”, and the “Gallo de Oro” were writings that split the concept of literature in Latin America in two. It was so important that the Colombian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez, said that if he had not delved into Juan Rulfo's work, he would not have had ideas that led him to create “Cien Años de Soledad”.

At the end, all Rulfo’s works have something in common: the concept of how in his narrations he handled the rancor and rage of the characters, as well as the absence of space as classic elements that stand out.

We can see in his characters the ability to dwell with the concept of death, which is a notion that Latin American stories have always had. The way of facing bereavement, of remembering our ancestors, and, in a certain way, define ourselves as a society.

LatinAmerican Post | Manuela Pulido
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