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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?

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  • Ralph
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favourite 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

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  • Diana
    Lv 7
    1 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.

    Happy reading!

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  • 1 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.

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  • 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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  • Rachel
    Lv 4
    1 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.

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