Barn Burning is the story of the Snopes Family, Sartoris and his father Abner. Abner is a prideful man who lashes out bitterly when he feels he is being slighted. After being exiled from his home, he takes his family to the plantation of the prickly Major de Spain who soon arouses his ire. Abner's preferred method of revenge is to burn the barns of those who have wronged him, and the story follows his son's perceptions of his father's failings as a man.
The Burning Plain and Other Stories is a collection of short fiction by Mexican writer Juan Rulfo. Stories like "Tell Them Not To Kill Me!" chronicle the dark times experienced by many Mexicans during the crimes and upheaval of the Mexican Revolution. Many of Rulfo's stories deal with the violence and lawlessness of the revolution. His famous story "You Don't Hear the Dogs Barking" follows a man carrying his estranged grown-up son in search of a doctor after the younger man is wounded in combat.