The golden cockerel & other writings

Juan Rulfo

Book - 2017

The legendary title novella from one of Mexicos most influential writers is published here in English for the first time on the 100th anniversary of his birth. This lost masterwork, collected with his previously untranslated stories, marks a landmark event in world literature. Juan Rulfo (1917-1986), Mexicos most important and influential author of the twentieth century, received numerous awards in his lifetime, including the esteemed Cervantes Prize, and his work served as the literary precurso...r of "magical realism".

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Subjects
Genres
Novellas
Short stories
Published
Dallas, Texas : Deep Vellum Publishing 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Spanish
Item Description
Novella, short stories, narrative pieces, and character sketches.
Physical Description
210 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781941920589
1941920586
Main Author
Juan Rulfo (author)
Other Authors
Douglas Weatherford (translator)
  • The golden cockerel
  • Synopsis of The golden cockerel
  • The secret formula
  • Life doesn't take itself very seriously
  • A piece of the night
  • A letter to Clara (Mex. end of Februrary 1947)
  • Castillo de Teayo
  • (with a selection of photographs)
  • After death
  • My Aunt Cecelia
  • Cleotilde
  • My father
  • Same as yesterday
  • Susana Foster
  • He was on the run and hurting
  • Ángel Pinzón paused
  • The discoverer
  • Glossary of general terms
  • Glossary of geographical names
  • Juan Rulfo : a chronology.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The story of one man's changing fortunes in a semimythical Mexico anchors this captivating, occasionally haphazard collection of Rulfo's (Pedro Paramo) short stories, letters, and fragments. In the titular short novel, impoverished town crier Dionisio Pinzon leaves his hometown of San Miguel del Milagro to try his luck in the cockfights, carrying a golden cockerel he has nursed back to life. The brave, beloved cockerel is soon defeated, but Pinzon's luck takes a turn when he meets the traveling singer called La Caponera: a confident, hard-drinking woman who becomes the key to his increasing wealth. The rituals of cockfighting are richly described in "The Golden Cockerel," and other texts offer similarly intriguing combinations of the highly specific and the archetypal. A prostitute takes a long a walk with a gravedigger and someone else's child in "A Piece of the Night"; a nameless guide speaks of the old gods to a pair of travelers in Veracruz in "Castillo de Teayo." Death is the focus of several darker selections, like "My Father," "My Aunt Cecilia," and "Cleotilde," in which the narrator addresses the corpse of his murdered wife. Although many of these fragments are without context, Rulfo's memorable images, like a man who "fled town amid a shower of screams, but with the ‘38 super' still in his hand... his finger dripping as it remained clenched on the trigger" help to fill out the oeuvre of an important Mexican writer. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents an English translation of the author's second novel in which a penniless man plays games of chance and suddenly becomes wealthy, in a text with a sampling of additional works.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The legendary title novella from one of Mexicos most influential writers is published here in English for the first time on the 100th anniversary of his birth. This lost masterwork, collected with his previously untranslated stories, marks a landmark event in world literature. Juan Rulfo (1917-1986), Mexicos most important and influential author of the twentieth century, received numerous awards in his lifetime, including the esteemed Cervantes Prize, and his work served as the literary precursor of "magical realism".

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This work presents Juan Rulfo's cinematic second novel in English for the first time ever alongside several stories never before translated.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Juan Rulfo is our most important author.” — Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

“Among contemporary writers in Mexico today [1959], Juan Rulfo is expected to rank among the immortals.” — The New York Times Book Review

The legendary title novella from one of Mexico’s most influential writers is published here in English for the first time on the 100th anniversary of his birth. This lost masterwork, collected with his previously untranslated stories, marks a landmark event in world literature.

Juan Rulfo (1917-1986), Mexico’s most important and influential author of the twentieth century, received numerous awards in his lifetime, including the esteemed Cervantes Prize, and his work served as the literary precursor of “magical realism.”


Review by Publisher Summary 5

“Juan Rulfo is our most important author.' — Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World“Among contemporary writers in Mexico today [1959], Juan Rulfo is expected to rank among the immortals.' — The New York Times Book ReviewThe legendary title novella from one of Mexico's most influential writers is published here in English for the first time on the 100th anniversary of his birth. This lost masterwork, collected with his previously untranslated stories, marks a landmark event in world literature.Juan Rulfo (1917-1986), Mexico's most important and influential author of the twentieth century, received numerous awards in his lifetime, including the esteemed Cervantes Prize, and his work served as the literary precursor of “magical realism."