The Golden Cock­erel & Other Writ­ings

Juan Rulfo Dou­glas J. Weather­ford, trans­la­tor

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Deep Vel­lum Soft­cover $16.95 (212pp) 978-1-941920-58-9

Rulfo’s sto­ries and sketches are ab­sorb­ing and be­liev­able, clas­si­cally ex­plor­ing the coarse un­der­belly of small-town Mex­ico.

Hard luck, cock­fight­ing, and des­per­a­tion run through Juan Rulfo’s The Golden Cock­erel and Other Writ­ings, re­veal­ing a gritty and com­pletely en­gross­ing side of Mex­ico. In this new trans­la­tion, a novella is ac­com­pa­nied by short sto­ries, nar­ra­tive pieces, and char­ac­ter sketches that fo­cus on death, mur­der, and ne­glected chil­dren.

At the cen­ter of the col­lec­tion is the short novel The Golden Cock­erel, which tells the story of Dion­i­sio, a poverty-stricken man, and the golden cock­erel he nurses back to health to be­come an un­likely cham­pion of the lo­cal cock­fight­ing scene.

Lan­guage is de­cep­tively sim­ple, a re­minder that less can be more. The smells and sounds of the small-town cock­fights are de­scribed with sin­cere, straight­for­ward de­tails which ac­cen­tu­ate the down and dirty en­vi­ron­ments Dion­i­sio ex­pe­ri­ences in his itin­er­ant life­style. When La Capon­era, a stun­ning singer who per­forms on the cock­fight­ing cir­cuit, and Lorenzo Be­na­vides,

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