The Puerto Vallarta Culture Institute Presents “Macario”

Marco Antonio Caudillo acts and directs the collection of short stories adopted from “El Llano en Llamas” by Rulfo in 1953. (The Burning Plain)

The monologue will plays-out every Tuesday at 6 PM in the Cuele Cultural Center Auditorium, beginning October 22.

“Macario” is an example of the literary movement of “Magic Realism”. Written like a monologue, where an orphaned town idiot named Macario describes in his flowing narrative a few of the special aspects of his everyday life.

In “Macario”, the past and present mingle chaotically, and frequently the most startling associations of ideas are juxtaposed, strung together by conjunctions which help to paralyze the action and stop the flow of time in the present.

Rulfo succeeds in this excellent story in capturing the sickly atmosphere surrounding the idiot boy, who is gnawed by hunger and filled with the terror of hell, and protected, and at the same time exploited, by his Godmother and the servant girl Felipa.

His story criticizes the church and family, and describes the demons that plague his mind.


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