Juan Rulfo’s Comala

Historically, Comala has been a small agricultural village/town. At the beginning of the 20th century, the town had only three streets around the main square. It is also associated with Juan Rulfo’s novel Pedro Páramo. The novel is set in the town of Comala, considered to be Comala in the Mexican state of Colima.

Pedro Páramo is a novel written by Juan Rulfo about a man named Juan Preciado who travels to his recently deceased mother’s hometown, Comala, to find his father, only to come across a literal ghost town─populated, that is, by spectral figures.

Rulfo’s novel has been considered one of the summits of literature in the Spanish language by Carlos Fuentes. Gabriel García Márquez said that no reading had made him feel that way since he read La metamorfosis de Franz Kafka. Jorge Luis Borges commented that Pedro Páramo is one of the best novels of Universal Literature.

Many of the older buildings, especially in the town center have walls made of adobe, and many of the houses have small yards with flowers guarded by iron fences. The historic center of the town was declared a Historic Monument Zone by presidential decree in 1988 and is distinguished by streets paved with river stone.

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