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Best Magical Realism Books

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One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Feb 21, 2006 (first published in 1967)
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One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.One 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 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...
Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie - Oct 17, 1995 (first published in 1981)
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Anyone who has spent time in the developing world will know that one of Bombay's claims to fame is the enormous film industry that churns out hundreds of musical fantasies each year. The other, of course, is native son Salman Rushdie -- less prolific, perhaps than Bollywood, but in his own way just as fantastical. Though Rushdie's novels lack the r...
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Lisa Ling
Like Water for Chocolate
A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
Laura Esquivel - Oct 01, 1995 (first published in 1989)
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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, po...
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
Kafka on the Shore
Haruki Murakami - Jan 03, 2006 (first published in 2002)
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Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is dr...
The Famished Road
Ben Okri - May 01, 1993 (first published in 1991)
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In the decade since it won the Booker Prize, Ben Okri's Famished Road has become a classic. Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children or Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, it combines brilliant narrative technique with a fresh vision to create an essential work of world literature.The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit chil...
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Helen Rosner
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
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...
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison - Jun 08, 2004 (first published in 1977)
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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from ...
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton - Mar 25, 2014
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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and ...
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A Man Was Going Down the Road by Otar Chiladze
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
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
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
Obscene Bird of Night by Jose Donoso
Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier
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
Red Russia by T. A. Thompson
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
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
A Million Junes by Emily Henry