Through the genre of magical realism, this story explores the blurring between myth and reality. What happens when a larger-than-life figure meets the ordinary villagers of an unexceptional little town? "The Handsomest Drowned World" reminds us that we turn to myths as a way of explaining the unexplainable. There's something comforting about having stories that interpret and make accessible the unknown. Myth is also very much a collective experience, shared and carried on by a community.
The beauty of this story is that the drowned man is Esteban, that myth is possible in a world of reality.