Magic Realism

Magic realism or magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements blend to create a realistic atmosphere that accesses a deeper understanding of reality. The story explains these magical elements as normal occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought. It is a literary and visual art genre; creative fields that exhibit less significant signs of magic realism include film and music.
The term is broadly descriptive rather than critically rigorous: Matthew Strecher defines magic realism
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
The House of the Spirits
Kafka on the Shore
Red Russia
Like Water for Chocolate
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Night Circus
Love in the Time of Cholera
Midnight's Children
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Master and Margarita
1Q84
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Life of Pi
Beloved
If Only by Melanie    MurphyThe Midnight Library by Matt HaigThe Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
stories exploring parallel lives
3 books — 1 voter
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeThe Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Best Magic Realism
138 books — 318 voters

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezLife of Pi by Yann MartelThe House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiMidnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Magic Realism Novels
130 books — 111 voters
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezLife of Pi by Yann MartelThe House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Magical Realism
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Suzy  Davies, (Author of The Girl in The Red Cape)
The piper never knew we were watchers.....Sounds echoed - sounds of a Scottish love song. They echoed through the silence, soft and melancholy, as he kept time with his foot, and the metal of the bagpipes glinted, through faint moonshine, and lifting fog
Suzy Davies, Johari's Window

Edward Fahey
Decades after little Colleen’s death, my sister Kathy still loves her daughter dearly. Colleen was born with cerebral palsy. She died in Kath’s arms in a rocking chair at the age of six. They were listening to a music box that looked very much like a smiling pink bunny. The opening quote in this book, “I will love you forever, but I’ll only miss you for the rest of my life,” is from Kath’s nightly prayers to her child. Colleen couldn’t really talk or walk very well, but loved untying my mother’s ...more
Edward Fahey, The Mourning After

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