Everything occurs in a simultaneous time

Warren Street (A Structure Made Of Silences, Of Hanging Threads, Of Cut Scenes) ©MAIERMOUL
Warren Street (A Structure Made Of Silences, Of Hanging Threads, Of Cut Scenes) ©MAIERMOUL

In my life there are many silences,” Rulfo once said. “In my writing, too.”

Rulfo has said that he carried Pedro Páramo inside him for many years before he knew how to write it. Rather, he was writing hundreds of pages then discarding them– he once called the novel an exercise in elimination. “The practice of writing the short stories disciplined me,” he said, “and made me see the need to disappear and to leave my characters the freedom to talk at will, which provoked, it would seem, a lack of structure.”

“Yes, there is a structure in Pedro Páramo, but it is a structure made of silences, of hanging threads, of cut scenes, where everything occurs in a simultaneous time which is a no-time.”

– Juan Rulfo, quoted by Susan Sontag in her introduction to Pedro Páramo