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Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Our list of some of the best Magical Realism books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative (2004)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfOrdinary Enchantments investigates magical realism as the most important trend in contemporary international fiction, defines its characteristics and narrative techniques, and proposes a new theory to explain its significance. In the most comprehensive critical treatment of this literary mode to date, Wendy B.
Author(s): Wendy B. Faris

One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2006)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfOne Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.
Author(s): Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa

Spellcaster Academy: Magical Realism, Episode 1 (2019)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfMagic exists, Josy sucks at it, and now her cat won’t stop talking.Seventeen-year-old Josy Barrows thinks she’s an orphan.So, when opportunity knocks in the form of an address and a plane ticket from a mystery aunt, Josy jumps at the chance to start a new life with her black cat, Nine.Fast forward.There’s no aunt, no house… just a weird junk shop in a dark alley.And a strange owner with a cryptic message who hurries…
Author(s): Jenetta Penner

Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (1995)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfMagical realism is often regarded as a regional trend, restricted to the Latin American writers who popularized it as a literary form. In this critical anthology, the first of its kind, editors Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris show magical realism to be an international movement with a wide-ranging history and a significant influence among the literatures of the world.
Author(s): Lois Parkinson Zamora, Wendy B. Faris

Magic(al) Realism (The New Critical Idiom) (2004)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfBestselling novels by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a multitude of others have enchanted us by blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Their genre of writing has been variously defined as ‘magic’, ‘magical’ or ‘marvellous’ realism and is quickly becoming a core area of literary studies.
Author(s): Maggie Ann Bowers

Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (1984)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis capacious anthology has selections from the authors you would expect to find, from others you may be less familiar with, and from writers you might not expect to show up in this company. The result is a treasure trove of unusual fiction, one of the most exciting anthologies to appear in the last decade. This is a poet’s companion, a student’s delight, great bedside reading: the kind of book you’d take to a desert island!
Author(s): David Young, Keith Hollaman

The Wish Collector (2018)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfNew Orleans, a city of mystery and magic, of secrets and dreams, and a history drenched in both love and the deepest of heartache. When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate.
Author(s): Mia Sheridan

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfHaruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn’t know it!Meet Haruhi – a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.Meet Kyon ­­- the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.Meet the S.O.S. Brigade – an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary.
Author(s): Nagaru Tanigawa , Noizi Ito, et al.

The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel (2017)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfA charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Author(s): Ruth Hogan

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy) (2017)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWinter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
Author(s): Katherine Arden

The Traveler’s Gift (2012)

 Best Magical Realism Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWhat makes the difference between failure and success? Join David Ponder on his incredible journey to discover the Seven Decisions for Success that can turn any life around, no matter how hopeless a situation may seem. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller, The Traveler’s Gift is the continuation of David Ponder’s story in The Traveler’s Summit. 
Author(s): Andy Andrews

Best Magical Realism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some magical realism books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century

Author(s): Richard Perez, Victoria A. Chevalier
ID: 2700726, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Magical realism for non-believers: a memoir of finding family

Author(s): Fajardo, Anika
ID: 2656056, Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, Year: 2019, Size: 310 Kb, Format: epub

Climate and Crises: Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse

Author(s): Ben Holgate
ID: 2809104, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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