Juan Rulfo (Juan Pérez Rulfo)

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Sayula, Jalisco, Mexico
Mexican writer who was important in the development of the "magic realism" school of Latin-American fiction. As a child growing up in the rural countryside, he witnessed the horrors of the later Cristero uprisings of 1926-29. His family of prosperous landowners lost a considerable fortune. When moved to Mexico City, Rulfo worked for a rubber company and as a film script writer. Many of the short stories that were later published in "El llano en llamas" (1953) first appeared in the review "Pan"; they depict the violence of the rural environment and the moral stagnation of its people. Read more...