Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #7

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #7

Having grown up in Africa, it's no surprise that magic realism is by far my favorite literary genre. I am always exploring books, blogs, and writers who share my fascination with the 'mysterious' stuff of life. To my delight, I've come across a magic realism writer whose love of the concept has lead to an amazing project.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #6

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #6

An easy and clear distinction between magic realism and fantasy/science fiction is that MR is about revealing and exploring character by weaving the story through two worlds—reality and fantasy— in such a fluid manner that neither seems to intrude on the other, whereas the other two genres are about building fantastical worlds that are meant to be dissociated from the reality we know.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #5

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #5

Nowadays, despite claims of Latin American exclusivity, magic realism is considered an international commodity. Critics are even proposing a connection between magic realism and postmodernism, some of their shared characteristics being “the dissolution of character and narrative instance, the erasure of boundaries, and the destabilization of the reader.”

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #4

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #4

While novelists exploring magic realism enter the spirit world via their stories, in many cultures across the globe there are intermediaries like shamans and sorcerers who use special abilities or powerful drugs to journey from the mundane into other worlds.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #3

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #3

The ‘magic’ in magic realism is brought about by the narrator shifting his here-and-now perspective to represent the unconscious. In doing so, he effortlessly morphs the story to depict bizarre phenomena or supernatural influences in fantastical settings.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #2

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #2

Ever since One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez drew the world's attention, some have applauded the magic realism as a significant international literary movement while others either see it as no more than Latin America’s ‘authentic expression’ or refer to it as a postcolonial style per se.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #1

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #1

Magic realism should not be confused with fantasy and science fiction that are set in make-believe worlds—instead, the author renders a down-to-earth setting where odd characters lurk, bizarre events happen and mystical spheres are accessible.

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