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40 Unmissable Magical Realism Reads

"Kafka's Metamorphosis. Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Carter's Nights at the Circus - there's no denying that fiction of a magic realist bent is among the finest of the modern era. But creating credible, impactful magic realism - the melding of real-world settings and characters with mythic, magical or fantastical elements, is no mean feat. Making magic believable - making magic make sense in a real world - requires a conjuror's verve and skill." - J. Owen, lovereading.co.uk
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Marquez)
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Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)
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Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Gabriel García Márquez)
Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Gabriel García Márquez)
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The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Days of Anger (Sylvie Germain)
Days of Anger (Sylvie Germain)
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The Hearing Trumpet (Leonora Carrington)
The Hearing Trumpet (Leonora Carrington)
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Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
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The Tryst (Monique Roffey)
The Tryst (Monique Roffey)
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The Mermaid of Black Conch (Monique Roffey)
The Mermaid of Black Conch (Monique Roffey)
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
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American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
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Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
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Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
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Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
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Nights at the Circus (Angela Carter)
Nights at the Circus (Angela Carter)
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Fireworks (Angela Carter)
Fireworks (Angela Carter)
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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)
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The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
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The Immortalists (Chloe Benjamin)
The Immortalists (Chloe Benjamin)
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Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
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Things in Jars (Jess Kidd)
Things in Jars (Jess Kidd)
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The Nose (Nikolai Gogol)
The Nose (Nikolai Gogol)
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Pedro Paramo (Juan Rulfo)
Pedro Paramo (Juan Rulfo)
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Sharks in the Time of Saviors (Kawai Strong Washburn)
Sharks in the Time of Saviors (Kawai Strong Washburn)
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Eggshells (Caitriona Lally)
Eggshells (Caitriona Lally)
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Flames (Robbie Arnott)
Flames (Robbie Arnott)
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Sealskin (Su Bristow)
Sealskin (Su Bristow)
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The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
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The Ones That Disappeared (Zana Fraillon)
The Ones That Disappeared (Zana Fraillon)
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Out of the Blue (Sophie Cameron)
Out of the Blue (Sophie Cameron)
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In the Dream House (Carmen Maria Machado)
In the Dream House (Carmen Maria Machado)
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Land of Love and Drowning
Land of Love and Drowning
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A Tall History of Sugar (Curdella Forbes)
A Tall History of Sugar (Curdella Forbes)
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The Famished Road (Ben Okri)
The Famished Road (Ben Okri)
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The Icarus Girl (Helen Oyeyemi)
The Icarus Girl (Helen Oyeyemi)
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Boy, Snow, Bird (Helen Oyeyemi)
Boy, Snow, Bird (Helen Oyeyemi)
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The Binding (Bridget Collins)
The Binding (Bridget Collins)
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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Natasha Pulley)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Natasha Pulley)
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