Pedro Páramo

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Like ghost stories? Then Pedro Páramo is the book for you! As Juan Preciado travels to the hometown of his deceased mother to meet his father for the first time, he encounters a town full of spirits. In 2013, Goodman Theatre and MCA Chicago co-commissioned a theatrical adaptation of the novel from Cuba’s Teatro Buendía, which the Chicago Sun-Times hailed as “spellbinding” and “hypnotic.”

Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Paramo, whom they fled from years ago, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala. Comala is a town alive with whispers and shadows - a place seemingly populated only by memory and hallucinations. Built on the tyranny of the Paramo family, its barren and broken-down streets echo the voices of tormented spirits sharing the secrets of the past. First published to both critical and popular acclaim in 1955, Pedro Paramo represented a distinct break with earlier, largely "realist" novels from Latin America. Rulfo's entrancing mixture of vivid sensory images, violent passions, and inexplicable sorcery - a style that has come to be known as "magical realism" - has exerted a profound influence on subsequent Latin American writers.