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Best Magical Realism Books

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One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 2006-02-21 (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 ...
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The House of the Spirits
A Novel
Isabel Allende - 2015-12-15
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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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Like Water for Chocolate
A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
Laura Esquivel - 1995-10-01 (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...
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Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie - 1995-10-17 (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
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Kafka on the Shore
Haruki Murakami - 2006-01-03 (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...
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami - 1997-10-21 (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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The Famished Road
Ben Okri - 1993-05-01 (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
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Jorge Luis Borges - 1994-02-01 (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 - 2001-12-01 (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 Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton - 2014-03-25
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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 ...
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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern - 2012-07-03
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Man Was Going Down the Road by Otar Chiladze
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
Things Invisible to See by Nancy Willard
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls
Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The River King by Alice Hoffman
Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
Gwendy's Final Task by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
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 Change by Kirsten Miller
Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller