Pedro Páramo

Juan Rulfo

Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm  
Format: Paperback
Pages: 143
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Translator: Margaret Sayers Peden
Foreword: Gabriel García Márquez
Afterword: Susan Sontag
Language: English
Place of publication: London
Date of publication: 2014


Pedro Páramo
(ISBN 978-1781253168)



Swearing to his dying mother that he'll find the father he has never met, a certain Pedro Páramo, Juan Preciado sets out across the barren plains of Mexico for Comala, the hallucinatory ghost town his father presided over like a feudal lord. Between the realms of the living and the dead, in fragments of dreams and the nightly whispers of Comala's ghosts, there emerges the tragic tale of Pedro Páramo and the town whose every corner holds the taint of his rotten soul.

This book will be the subject of discussion in week 3 of Dr William Rowlandson's seminar series 'Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal'.

Week 3: 'Praying for the souls of the fictional dead: Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo'

20 June 2016 | 6.00 - 8.00 pm | Wynter Room, Swedenborg House, London WC1A 2TH

What is our level of interaction with characters in fiction? We can hear them, but can they hear us? In this session we concentrate on the short and mysterious novel by Mexican author Juan Rulfo Pedro Páramo. The narrative follows disjointed dialogues between characters who, one by one, are revealed to be dead. What is the nature of this communication? Are they addressing us, the readers? What are we to do with them? How can we assist them in their endeavours to free themselves from the Swedenborg-like purgatory of their dusty dead Mexican village?