Magical Realism

Posted by M ws On Thursday, May 2, 2013 0 comments
Not many would have heard of the magical realism genre in literature. When I first started reading "Like Water for Chocolate", I confess I did not warm up to this form of writing but along the way, I became fascinated and have loved it since.

According to this site:

Magic realism or magical realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. Although it is most commonly used as a literary genre, magic realism also applies to film and the visual arts.

One example of magic realism occurs when a character in the story continues to be alive beyond the normal length of life and this is subtly depicted by the character being present throughout many generations. On the surface the story has no clear magical attributes and everything is conveyed in a real setting, but such a character breaks the rules of our real world. The author may give precise details of the real world such as the date of birth of a reference character and the army recruitment age, but such facts help to define an age for the fantastic character of the story that would turn out to be an abnormal occurrence like someone living for two hundred years. MORE HERE.

Here's are two short stories that features the magical realism method.

Eyes of a Blue Dog by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

You can read an analysis of that short story HERE and also HERE.

If you liked that one, do check out Eva is Inside Her Cat by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

You can read it AT THIS LINK.

An analysis of that story is available HERE and also HERE.

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