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Kafka was doing Magic Realism way before we even had a term for it. Metamorphosis, a story about a guy who turns into a bug, is evidence of just how ahead of the game Franz K. was.
Art critic Franz Roh coins the term "Magic Realism" to describe a growing trend in the visual arts.
Borges's surreal, fantastic stories set the stage for Magic Realism in Latin America.
In his essay "On the Marvelous Real in America," the Cuban writer Carpentier argues that Latin American writers are doing something new: they don't just write about reality; they write about "Marvelous Reality."
The Venezuelan writer Uslar Pietri is the first to use the term "Magic Realism" in relation to Latin American literature. We can all breathe easy now. We finally know what those Latin writers are up to.
The term "Magic Realism" is beginning to fly all over the place, as seen in Flores's influential essay on the growing movement.
Márquez's novel caused a storm when it was first published. One Hundred Years of Solitude is still probably the most famous novel of Magic Realism.
The protagonist of this novel has magical powers, and he tells us a lot about India's past. It's a history lesson and Magic Realism all wrapped into one.
Allende does Magic Realism with a feminist twist.
Márquez shows just how important Magic Realism has become by winning the most prestigious literary award in the world.