Magic realism literature?
Hi. I consider myself pretty well-read, but I know little of magic realism in literature, and I'd like to start to read it. What would be a good book with which to start, please?
- RalphLv 71 decade agoFavourite answer
Alexis, Jacques Stephen - The Magical Realism of the Haitians (Realisme Merveilleux des Haitiens)
Allende, Isabel - The House of Spirits (La casa de los espíritus)
Asturias, Miguel Ángel - Men of Maize (Hombres de maíz)
Asturias, Miguel Ángel - The President (El Señor Presidente)
Baross, Jan - Jose Builds a Woman
Bulgakov, Mihail - Master and Margarita (Master i Margarita)
Calvino, Italo - Invisible Cities (Le città invisibili)
Carey, Peter - Illywhacker
Carpentier, Alejo - The Kingdom of this World (El reino de este mundo)
Carter, Angela - The Magic Toyshop
Céline Louis-Ferdinand - Journey to the End of the Night (Voyage au bout de la nuit)
Donoso, José - The Obscene Bird of the Night (El obsceno pájaro de la noche)
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
Esquivel, Laura - Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate)
Frame, Janet - The Carpathians
Fuentes, Carlos - The Death of Artemio Cruz (La muerte de Artemio Cruz)
Gallardo, Sara - January (Enero)
García Márquez, Gabriel - One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad)
Grass, Günter - The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel)
Jahnn, Hans Henny - The Shoreless River (Fluss ohne Ufer)
Kennedy, William - Ironweed
King, Thomas - Truth and Bright Water
Kundera, Milan - The Farewell Waltz
Lampo, Hubert - De komst van Joachim Stiller
Malaparte, Curzio - Woman Like Me (Donna Come Me)
Martel, Yann - Life of Pi
Morrison, Toni - Song of Solomon
Murakami, Haruki - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Okri, Ben - The Famished Road
Rulfo, Juan - Pedro Páramo
Rushdie, Salman - Midnight's Children
Saramago, José - Baltasar_and_Blimunda
Süskind, Patrick - Perfume (Das Parfum)
Winterson, Jeanette - Sexing the Cherry
- DianaLv 71 decade ago
I'm not sure what a good first book is.
Jorge Luis Borges is arguably the best known author of magic realism; many of his writings are short stories, so maybe that would be a good way to start. (I needed some time to get into him, then I couldn't get enough!) Try Borges's "Selected Fictions" (also called "Ficciones," but be sure it's in English unless you can read Spanish), and "Labyrinths," which includes short stories and essays.
Patrick Suskind's "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" is excellent, and very popular. It's not solely magic realism, so that might make it more comfortable to start with.
"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Marquez -- Also mixed genres, as "Perfume." And a well-deserved classic.
One last suggestion: "The Life of Pi by Yann.
- Yogini108Lv 51 decade ago
The gold standard author for magical realism is Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Read either 100 Years of Solitude, or Love in the Time of Cholera.
- 1 decade ago
Toni Morrisson's Song of Soloman is an amazing peice of magical realism if you haven't already read it. It is one of my favorite books, so beutiful and meaningful. It is a definite must read.
Happy reading! =]
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- RachelLv 41 decade ago
I don't really get what your saying but I'm going to give this a shot. I'm going to reccomend Blue is for Nightmares. Just a guess here. Don't know if I helped.