9 Amazing Books That Feature Magical Realism

When I hear the expression “magical realism” being applied to any book, I usually get a little wary. At least in my country, Germany, the expression sometimes seems to be used as a euphemism, a polite way of avoiding the evil f-word: “fantasy!” Once that particular tag is applied to your books, you might be stuck in a genre as deep as that swamp from the second volume of Lord of the Rings.

If you look at the expression more closely, you’ll find that the word magus comes from the ancient Greek word for wizard but that its origin lies in the Persian language, where a magus was a member of the priests’ class. This meant that he was educated, learned and a scholar of the arts and sciences. It seems that, originally, magic had less to do with

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