Posted by Marisa on July 13, 1998 at 14:47:49:
In response to Magical realism - Marisa are you out there?, written by Constanza on July 13, 1998 at 09:18:56
] 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.
other non hispanic magic realism writers are:
Günter Grass (Germany)
John Fowles (England)
] If Marisa is out there, perhaps she can come up with a better explanation.
"Magic Realism... interweaves, in an ever-shifting pattern, a sharply etched realism in representing ordinary events and descriptive details together with fantastic and dreamlike elements, as well as with material derived from myth and fairy tales." (A Glossary of Literary Terms by M.H: Abrams)
Macondo resembles a mythical Latin American Town, is as symbolic as William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County microcosmic representation of the Deep South. The magical hyperbolic images allow G.-Márquez to juxtapose his satirical POV about the Latin American political reality in a hidden transcript. The novel covers roughly the first century of the South American independence and appears to be a judgment of this historic period, an era marred by violence, exploitation, stagnation, and disillusion. Just as six generations of Buendías eventually bring forth a child with a pig's tail, so García-Márquez seems to see a pig's tail as a metaphor: the end product of Latin America's first one hundred years of independence.
Rita I hope you enjoy this novel.
Cos! Thanks for your e-mail. Take care.
- Thanks Rita J 07:35:54 7/14/98 (0)
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