The Walls Around Us: Magic Realism

Posted April 22, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

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Magic realism is a form of literature that The Walls Around Us employs to great success. But what is “magic realism”? Today, we’re taking a deeper look at the genre.

Magic Realism

walls around usMost often used in reference to literature, but also found in art and film, magic realism is defined as a work in which an element of magic or the supernatural is accepted without question in an otherwise mundane world.

Merriam Webster defines it as:

a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction

Famous Works & Authors of Magic Realism

Two of the most well-known authors of magic realism are Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (whose novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is often used as an example of classic magic realism).

Other authors & famous works associated with magic realism include:

  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Wildwood by Carson Ellis & Colin Meloy
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Toni Morrison
  • Gloria Naylor
  • Daniel Olivas
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Sherman Alexie

You might also have seen magic realism at work in movies such as: Midnight in Paris, The Purple Rose of Cairo, or Amelie.

For the comments: What works of magic realism have you read?

Sara | Novel Novice

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