Pedro Páramo / Pedro Páramo
Novel , 1955
A legendary classic of magic realism and the most important Mexican novel ever written.
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.
"The essential Mexican novel, unsurpassed and unsurpassable ... extraordinary." –Carlos Fuentes
"A simplicity and profundity worthy of Greek tragedy ... Wuthering Heights located in Mexico and written by Kafka." –Guardian
"That night I didn't sleep until I'd read it twice; not since I had read Kafka's Metamorphosis in a dingy boarding house in Bogotá, almost ten years earlier, had I felt so thunderstruck." –Gabriel García Márquez
"Pedro Páramo is not only one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century world literature but one of the most influential of the century's books." –Susan Sontag