These two works, though short, established Rulfo as among the most important writers of his generation - a figure comparable to Jorge Luis Borges in stature and a source of inspiration for subsequent writers, most notably Gabriel Garcia Marquez. They seem to use an artless, everyday discourse, but the language is actually highly metaphorical and lyrically stylized. In keeping with his approach to the dialog of the narrators and peasants, Rulfo generally strives for simplicity and avoids challenging the reader with difficult constructions throughout his collection. The stories consist of simple, everyday words; the lexicon employed is relatively small, and sentences are typically short.
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Post-revolutionary scenes in Llano Grande in the state of Jalisco overcome the rural limitations of these tales about the Mexican Revolution. The popular language is artistically developed and the life of the peasant appears representative of an archetype of neglect, at the margins of folklore.
As a result, they are traveling or wandering with no true purpose "Talpa," "They Gave Us the Land" , and they speak ceaselessly in the face of dumb or nonexistent interlocutors "Luvina," "Remember". The Burning Plain. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.
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The reviewer also noted that Rulfo. In his introduction to the Texas edition, translator George D. Schade describes some of the stories as long sustained interior monologues "Macario", "We're very poor", "Talpa", "Remember" , while in other stories that may have otherwise been essentially monologues dialogues are inserted "Luvina", "They have Given Us the Land" and ""Anacleto Morones". The short stories in El llano en llamas are set in the harsh countryside of the Jalisco region where Rulfo was raised. They explore the tragic lives of the area's inhabitants, who suffer from extreme poverty, family discord, and crime. The French writer J.
The Burning Plain and Other Stories