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Juan Rulfo's Mexico 
 
  
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Hardcover 
215 pages 
Smithsonian Institution Press 
Published 2002 
  
About the Author 
  
Juan Rulfo's (1918-1986) contributions to literature were recognized in 1970 when he was awarded Mexico's National Prize for Literature and in 1985 when he received the Cervantes Prize from Spain.  
  
 
  
Book Description 
  
Juan Rulfo was one of the great literary innovators of the twentieth century. His 1955 novel Pedro Páramo is considered one of the foundational classics of magic realism, predating One Hundred Years of Solitude by more than a decade. Lesser known are his haunting photographs of Mexico, which exhibit remarkable parallels to his prose. The photographs, mainly taken between 1945 and 1955, do not tell stories: they present. The images of people and their land, women in their traditional dress, musicians with their instruments, capture the calm, quiet, inner rhythms of Mexico's rural population. Rulfo extracts unique moments through his photographs; his images of desolate, abandoned buildings, their walls destroyed by artillery shells, are expressions of his nation's painful history. His quietly dramatic landscapes recall the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston while displaying a style that is truly his own.  
  
 
  
This collection of 175 images is the only comprehensive collection of Juan Rulfo's photographs available. The six essays preceding the images illuminate the photographs and pay tribute to one of Mexico's most enduring literary and visual artists.
 
  
 
  

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Juan Rulfo's Mexico 
  
Carlos Fuentes; Margo Glantz; Jorge Alberto Lozoya; Victor Jimenez; & Erika Billeter
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