Magical realism - Marisa are you out there?
Posted by Constanza on July 13, 1998 at 09:18:56:
In response to magical realism, written by Rita J on July 10, 1998 at 18:26:04
I am afraid I can only provide you with a "notion" of what magical realism is. I am not a good one for explanations. :-(
The elements of magical realism present in AHYS are:
-that scene where the colonel's mother opens the pot and realizes something terrible is going to happen.
-the guy followed by butterflies
-the woman who eats walls
and those little incidents bordering what is believable (sp?) and what is real.
In these kind of novels magical elements appear as ordinary things in a context otherwise conveying a strong sense of reality.
Other books are:
-Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
-The House of Spirits (Isabel Allende)
-Most of Gabriel García Márquez works.
If Marisa is out there, perhaps she can come up with a better explanation. I am afraid all my knowledge and ideas on magical realism come from reading journalist articles on GGM and the "Culture" section of the newspaper. :-(
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