Juan Rulfo

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  • Amit Thakkar (Lancaster University)

Juan Rulfo was born in 1917 in Apulco but spent most of his early years in the neighbouring town of San Gabriel. Both these towns are in Jalisco, a state which lies in the conservative north-west of Mexico, very much one of the focal points of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) and the epicentre of the Cristero War (1926-29). The Mexican Revolution left a legacy of violent score-settling which continued to shape the lives of those who lived in the countryside. Rulfo's father was murdered in 1923 (his paternal grandfather died a year after) and he was only eight at the start of the Cristero War, a bloody conflagration between Church and State which claimed the lives of some 250,000 combatants and civilians, among them Rulfo's uncles. …

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Thakkar, Amit. "Juan Rulfo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11993, accessed 30 November 2015.]

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