San Francisco: Arion Press, 2016. Limited Edition. Fine press edition of the Mexican author's second book and first novel, following a young man's quest to find his father as he navigates an arid ghost town populated by spectral figures. Rulfo (1917-1986), one of the progenitors of magical realism, was a major influence on the Latin American boom which would come more than a decade after this, and his first book, El Llano En Llamas, were published. The novel would prove a critical influence on the writing of Carlos Fuentes, Jose Donoso, Salman Rushdie, and most notably, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who after reading it was inspired to write One Hundred Years of Solitude, and who was said to be able to recite the whole book by heart. Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, with a special introduction by Alfred Mac Adam, esteemed translator and professor of Latin American and Comparative Literature at Barnard College. Item #4494
One of 300 numbered copies signed by the illustrator, this being copy no.165. Quarto (31cm); navy blue and green cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in metallic green and blue on spine and covers; publisher's original cloth and paper-covered slipcase; [ii],147,pp; with title page vignettes and 10 haunting, full-page illustrations by Mexican painter and printmaker Ernesto Chagoya. Fine in a very Near Fine slipcase, with a small rubbed spot along lower edge.