Magical Realism and You

By Book Moon

By Book Moon

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Angela Carter

$17.00 $15.64

Short stories to get your imagination going and your emotions turning.

The Tin Drum

Günter Grass

$17.99 $16.55

A peculiar novel about a boy and his drum. Dark, disturbing, visceral, and even funny. An incredible work of post World War II.

The House of the Spirits

Isabel Allende

$18.00 $16.56

A Chilean novel involving three generations of the Trueba family, supernatural powers, and political upheaval. Another important work of Latin American fiction and beautiful use of magical realism.

Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov

$16.00 $14.72

A great example of the use of hypertext, this novel tells three stories at once. The fun lies in trying to piece them together with the use of a 999-word poem and the unreliable narrator's annotations. This book is a joy and a fun puzzle for the imagination. Each time I read it, I read a different story.

Magic for Beginners

Kelly Link and Shelley Jackson

$17.00 $15.64

These nine short stories are a brilliant melding of fantasy and horror that will leave you mystified and astounded. Haunted houses of rabbits. A man named Soap preoccupied with zombies. Each one will leave you thinking and making connections from perspectives you've never considered.

Labyrinths

Jorge Luis Borges

$15.95 $14.67

More short stories that will take you to worlds you've never dreamed of. Be prepared for labyrinth-like tales, philosophical musings, libraries, mirrors, and fluctuations in time. Borges remains my favorite Latin American author from this 20th century golden age of magical realism.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

$16.99 $15.63

This is a monumental work of Latin American fiction and a personal favorite. I'd say if you're going to read only one book on this list, read this one. If you don't plan on reading the entire book, at least read the first sentence.

Orlando: A Biography

Virginia Woolf

$16.99 $15.63

A love letter expressed via novel, this story is Virginia's homage to her lover Vita Sackville-West who she believed contained a perfect balance of the masculine and feminine. Orlando tells the story of one person's gender fluidity if it could be experienced over multiple centuries.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami

$17.95 $16.51

If you haven't read Murakami's work before, it's best to start here. It's hard to describe what exactly happens in this novel (because A LOT happens) but I promise you won't be bored. You will find moments of beauty, horror, chaos, and laughter.

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov and Christopher Conn Askew

$18.00 $16.56

A walking, talking cat with a penchant for vodka and sarcasm? A lovable devil? (yes, THE Devil). Read this novel if you like the macabre comedy of Chekov or the 'poshlos' surrealism of Gogol. This is Russian satire at its finest and perhaps most magical.

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

$16.00 $14.72

Another coming of age story told beautifully through Morrison's genius prose and her ability to weave cultural histories with elements of the supernatural. Like all of her novels, this is a must-read.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Michael Chabon

$19.00 $17.48

"A page-turner in the most expansive sense of the word: its gripping plot pushes readers forward. . . . Chabon is a reader's writer, with sentences so cozy they'll wrap you up and kiss you goodnight."--Chicago Tribune