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Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography (1928)
We don't tend to think of Virginia Woolf as a Magic Realist, but she certainly pulls off some Magic Realist tricks in this novel about a protagonist who changes genders over the course of a few centuries.
Gabriel García Márquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" (1955)
In this itty-bitty short story, we can already see Márquez's Magic Realist style developing.
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
It's the quintessential Magic Realist novel. Set in Colombia, it's got levitating priests, flower rain showers, and a baby born with a tail.
Salman Rushdie, Satanic Verses (1988)
Two friends survive a plane explosion only to find themselves transformed into a devil and an angel. This is just one of the many extraordinary things that happen in this famous Magic Realist novel.
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
Yunior tells all about the curse that has plagued Oscar Wao's family in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Dominican author Junot Diaz.
Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris, eds, Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (1995)
Here's a collection of essays that includes all the key critical texts that have attempted to define Magic Realism.
Susanna J. Sturgis, Tales of Magic Realism by Women: Dreams in a Minor Key (1991)
In this study, Sturgis looks at how women writers utilize Magic Realism to talk about themes related to gender.
Stephen M. Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang, eds, A Companion to Magical Realism (2005)
A great overview of the history and development of Magical Realism, including a discussion of all the big authors in the movement.
Lorna Robinson, Gabriel García Márquez and Ovid: Magical and Monstrous Realities (2013)
Magical Realism and mythology have a lot in common. Robinson looks specifically at the connections between Gabriel García Márquez's work and the work of the Roman poet Ovid.