El llano en llamas
Both the Stavans and the new Beechinor one (El Llano in flames) do have the advantage of access…moreThere is a now a brand new one from Stephen Beechinor
Both the Stavans and the new Beechinor one (El Llano in flames) do have the advantage of access to a more definitive original and include 2 more stories (so 17 vs 15 in the Schade).
But I haven't compared them on a story for story basis as to which is the best.(less)
Staggering, bleak page-turners that leave you wanting more—more stories, more Rulfo. Each story is complete—nothing left wanting and nothing extraneous.
Imagine stories told by a character from one of Cormac McCarthy’s southwestern novels. Imagine that character retelling a story by Flannery O’Connor (e.g., A Good Man Is Hard to Find). [I almost…almost…suggested: imagine a dictionary-less Cormac McCarthy doing Flannery O’Connor, but I knew what the perverse among you would make of that]. It doesn...more
Holding the spine of the book in the palm of my hand, having read Rulfo's great novel Pedro Páramo , I felt the sear of my skin before opening the front cover. This short story collection's primal bleakness, savagery, rumbled within. Hazemat gear in toe I pried open the book and stood back. My hand burnt, cracked the pain oozing upward, outward, I stared at the sparse simple prose. A style any writer might be proud of to cover many examples of a staid story line. An aesthetic which yearns to be ...more
It is the first full length publication of Structo Press, which is associated with the literary magazine Structo which contains “remarkable new short stories and poetry from all around the world, alongside essays and interviews with authors and others ….on the fiction side we tend towards the slipstream end of things, and encourage submission of works in translation.”. Structo Press has ...more
I have to confess to a complete lack of knowledge of Rulfo until this book was long listed for the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize. Given that a quick search on the Internet reveals that it is one of the most important Spanish language collections of short stories (quite possibly the most important), that’s clearly my misfortune and ...more
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, published in 1955, is hailed by many, most notably Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as a key development in Latin American, and indeed world, literature.
However, I had not read his equally important short story collection El Llano en Llamas, published in 1955, so it was a delight to see it longlisted for my favourite literary prize.
This is actually the third translation to English, although the first published outside of ...more
We don't say what we are thinking. We lost the will to speak a while back. We lost it because of the heat. You would be happy to talk elsewhere, but it is hard here. You talk here and the words become hot in your mouth from the outside heat, and they dry on your tongue until the breath is gone. (2)After having greatly appreciated Rulfo's novel Pedro Páramo, I decided to read his other major work, the short stories collected in The Plain in Flames, which took me surprisingly long to finish – all ...more
The stories come in all sort of themes. There is the boy (Macario) who kept eating so he would stay alive and couldn't die because his godmother kept threatening that he will to purgatory instead of going to heaven to see his parents. A traveller stops in the bar in the driest place on earth and is offered the mescal that won't let him leave ...more
If you can read it in spanish, do. Half of it's value resides in the language the characters use. Simultaneously authentic and poetic.
Lo sentí como un libro de fábulas sin moraleja clara. Únicamente una mirada ...more
"Diles que no me maten," "Oyes ladar los perros," and "El llano en llamas" were probably my favorites but it's a very consistently good, albeit depressing, collection of short stories.
In terms of style, it's very easy to see how Rulfo moved from this to Pedro Paramo two years later.
The stories are about ...more
Now, as a mexicain i can say this book really helped me to imagine how life could be in the revolution time (1910) and how this kind of stories even happen today in some regions of the country (as they are an heritage from that time).
(This review is in process)