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Best Magical Realism Books

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Red Russia
T. A. Thompson - Nov 11, 2017
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Among the many things Peter doesn’t know, he doesn’t know he’s an archetype, the Prince of Coins incarnate. He doesn’t know his fiancé is a fortune teller either. He doesn’t know Russian culture, politics, or language, but he does know American business. And he knows his fiancé speaks Russian. He thinks she can make him the new Tsar of the timber i...
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The House of the Spirits
A Novel
Isabel Allende - Dec 15, 2015
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“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book ReviewThe House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that e...
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami - Oct 21, 1997 (first published in 1994)
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Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's mi...
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Brian Koppelman
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Ficciones
Jorge Luis Borges - Feb 01, 1994 (first published in 1944)
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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's ab...
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Naval Ravikant
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The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov - Dec 01, 2001 (first published in 1967)
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A masterful translation of one of the great novels of the 20th centuryNothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. Full of pungency and wit, this luminous work is Bulgakov’s crowning achievement, skilfully blending magical and realistic elements, grotesque situations and major ethical concerns. Written during the darke...
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The Rage of Dragons
Evan Winter - Mar 10, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this blockbuster debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival. Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are b...
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Labyrinths
Jorge Luis Borges - May 17, 2007 (first published in 1962)
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The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, ...
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The Aleph and Other Stories
Jorge Luis Borges - Jul 27, 2004 (first published in 1945)
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Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges's most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight, he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s “killer,” and a man awaiting his ass...
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Hopscotch
A Novel (Pantheon Modern Writers Series)
Julio Cortazar - Feb 12, 1987 (first published in 1963)
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Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he work...
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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
A Novel
Louise Erdrich - Aug 16, 2016 (first published in 2001)
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A New York Times Notable BookFor more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved Native American tribe, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his qu...
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The Tartar Steppe
Dino Buzzati - Nov 01, 2005 (first published in 1940)
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Often likened to Kafka's The Castle, The Tartar Steppe is both a scathing critique of military life and a meditation on the human thirst for glory. It tells of young Giovanni Drogo, who is posted to a distant fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe. Although not intending to stay, Giovanni suddenly finds that years have passed, as, almost without h...
The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
A Man Was Going Down the Road by Otar Chiladze
Obscene Bird of Night by Jose Donoso
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson
Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
The River King by Alice Hoffman
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Drenched by Marisa Matarazzo
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
Nyx by D. M. Livingston
Sacred River by Syl Cheney-Coker
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
A Universal History of Iniquity by Jorge Luis Borges
...y no se lo trago la tierra / And The Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomas Rivera
Tracks by Louise Erdrich
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Through the Arc of the Rain Forest by Karen Tei Yamashita
Heart of Aztlan by Rudolfo A. Anaya
So Far from God by Ana Castillo
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Flight by Sherman Alexie
The Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim Al-Koni
How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique
The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
The Man Who Walked through Walls by Marcel Aymé
The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L'Engle
Things Invisible to See by Nancy Willard
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed
The War of the Saints by Jorge Amado
Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls
Infinite Riches by Ben Okri
Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos