Confabulario and Other Inventions. By Juan José Arreola. Translated by George D. Schade; illustrated by Kelly Fearing. A biting commentary on the follies of. Confabulario and Other Inventions: Juan José Arreola: was translated into English as Confabulario and Other Inventions. Juan José Arreola Zúñiga (September 21, – December 3, ) was a Mexican writer In , Arreola published Confabulario, widely considered to be his first great work. It was awarded the Jalisco Literary Prize in The following.

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He is considered Mexico’s premier experimental short story writer of the twentieth century. Arreola is recognized as one of the first Latin American writers to abandon realism ; he used elements of fantasy to underscore existentialist and absurdist ideas in his work.


Although he is little known outside his native country, Arreola has served as the literary inspiration for a legion of Mexican writers who have sought to transform their country’s realistic literary tradition by introducing elements of magical realismsatireand allegory. Alongside Confabulzrio Luis Borgeshe is considered one of the masters of the hybrid subgenre of the essay-story. He published only one novel, La feria The Fair; Inhe began working as a bookbinder, which led to a series of other jobs.

Shortly afterward, he traveled to Paris at the invitation of Louis Jouvet. A year later he returned to Mexico.

Aroundhe began collaborating on the anthology Los Presentesand received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. InArreola published Confabulariowidely considered to be his first great work.

It was awarded the Jalisco Literary Prize in The following year, Arreola published La hora de todos. Inhe published Punta confabulatio plataand inConfabulario total.

Juan José Arreola

Inhe published The Switchman El Guardagujas. Inhe received the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize.

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In arrrola, he appeared in the controversial Alejandro Jodorowsky film Fando y Liswhich was eventually banned in Mexico. Aroundhe published Bestiarioa follow-up to ‘s Punta de plata.

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Inon his eightieth birthday, he was named favorite son of Guadalajara. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.