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A treasure trove of unusual fiction spanning authors from Gogol and Kafka through Woolf and Nabokov to Calvino, Garcia Marquez, and Barthelme. A poet's companion, a student's delight, great bedside reading. Magical Realist Fiction includes: The nose by Nikolai Gogol The porcelain doll by Leo Tolstoy The wardrobe by Thomas Mann A tale of the cavalry by Hugo von Hofmannsthal The j A treasure trove of unusual fiction spanning authors from Gogol and Kafka through Woolf and Nabokov to Calvino, Garcia Marquez, and Barthelme. A poet's companion, a student's delight, great bedside reading. Magical Realist Fiction includes: The nose by Nikolai Gogol The porcelain doll by Leo Tolstoy The wardrobe by Thomas Mann A tale of the cavalry by Hugo von Hofmannsthal The jolly corner by Henry James The death of Chamberlain Brigge (excerpt). The hand (excerpt) by Rainer Marie Rilke Odour of chrysanthemums. The blind man by D.H. Lawrence A country doctor. The bucket rider by Franz Kafka The sin of Jesus by Isaac Babel Lyompa by Yuri Olesha The Egyptian stamp (excerpt) by Osip Emilievich Mandelstam The great frost (excerpt) by Virginia Woolf The street of crocodiles by Bruno Schulz The visit to the museum by Vladimir Nabokov New islands by María Luisa Bombal In the land of magic (excerpt) by Henri Michaux The old people by William Faulkner Moon Lake by Eudora Welty The piano by Aníbal Monteiro Machado The aleph. The south by Jorge Luis Borges My life with the wave by Octavio Paz The enormous radio by John Cheever The guest by Vjekoslav Kaleb Gogol's wife by Tommaso Landolfi Major Aranda's hand by Alfonso Reyes Axolotl. The night face up by Julio Cortázar Journey to the seed by Alejo Carpentier The smallest woman in the world by Clarice Lispector Aura by Carlos Fuentes In the village by Elizabeth Bishop The distance of the moon. Invisible cities (excerpt) by Italo Calvino A very old man with enormous wings. Blacamán the Good, vendor of miracles by Gabriel García Márquez Cloud maker by Robert Escarpit Views of my father weeping by Donald Barthelme The angels (excerpt) by Milan Kundera


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A treasure trove of unusual fiction spanning authors from Gogol and Kafka through Woolf and Nabokov to Calvino, Garcia Marquez, and Barthelme. A poet's companion, a student's delight, great bedside reading. Magical Realist Fiction includes: The nose by Nikolai Gogol The porcelain doll by Leo Tolstoy The wardrobe by Thomas Mann A tale of the cavalry by Hugo von Hofmannsthal The j A treasure trove of unusual fiction spanning authors from Gogol and Kafka through Woolf and Nabokov to Calvino, Garcia Marquez, and Barthelme. A poet's companion, a student's delight, great bedside reading. Magical Realist Fiction includes: The nose by Nikolai Gogol The porcelain doll by Leo Tolstoy The wardrobe by Thomas Mann A tale of the cavalry by Hugo von Hofmannsthal The jolly corner by Henry James The death of Chamberlain Brigge (excerpt). The hand (excerpt) by Rainer Marie Rilke Odour of chrysanthemums. The blind man by D.H. Lawrence A country doctor. The bucket rider by Franz Kafka The sin of Jesus by Isaac Babel Lyompa by Yuri Olesha The Egyptian stamp (excerpt) by Osip Emilievich Mandelstam The great frost (excerpt) by Virginia Woolf The street of crocodiles by Bruno Schulz The visit to the museum by Vladimir Nabokov New islands by María Luisa Bombal In the land of magic (excerpt) by Henri Michaux The old people by William Faulkner Moon Lake by Eudora Welty The piano by Aníbal Monteiro Machado The aleph. The south by Jorge Luis Borges My life with the wave by Octavio Paz The enormous radio by John Cheever The guest by Vjekoslav Kaleb Gogol's wife by Tommaso Landolfi Major Aranda's hand by Alfonso Reyes Axolotl. The night face up by Julio Cortázar Journey to the seed by Alejo Carpentier The smallest woman in the world by Clarice Lispector Aura by Carlos Fuentes In the village by Elizabeth Bishop The distance of the moon. Invisible cities (excerpt) by Italo Calvino A very old man with enormous wings. Blacamán the Good, vendor of miracles by Gabriel García Márquez Cloud maker by Robert Escarpit Views of my father weeping by Donald Barthelme The angels (excerpt) by Milan Kundera

30 review for Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    060917: historical collection of magic realism often authors already known. some great read: gogol, tolstoy, mann, rilke, james, kafka, mandelstam... some great unread: schulz, bombal, michaux, welty, paz, cheever, kaleb, landolfi, bishop, escarpit... favourites: 'the hand' by rilke, 'visit to the museum' by nabokov, 'in the land of magic' by michaux, 'the piano' by machado, 'my life with the wave' by paz, 'the enormous radio' by cheever, 'the guest' by kaleb, 'gogol's wife' by landolfi, 'major 060917: historical collection of magic realism often authors already known. some great read: gogol, tolstoy, mann, rilke, james, kafka, mandelstam... some great unread: schulz, bombal, michaux, welty, paz, cheever, kaleb, landolfi, bishop, escarpit... favourites: 'the hand' by rilke, 'visit to the museum' by nabokov, 'in the land of magic' by michaux, 'the piano' by machado, 'my life with the wave' by paz, 'the enormous radio' by cheever, 'the guest' by kaleb, 'gogol's wife' by landolfi, 'major aranda's hand' by reyes, 'axoltol' by cortazar, 'aura' by fuentes, 'cloud maker' by escarpit, 'the angels' by kundera... more authors to look for!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    This anthology uses a wide range of literature to examine different elements of magical realism. The editors work categorically to question critical assumptions and further deliniate tools or palletes with which the various authors are working. I am gradually working through it, and I've already learned some new favorites: Maria Luisa Bombal "New Islands," Henri Michaux!, Thomas Mann "The Wardrobe," and Anibal Monteiro Machado's "The Piano." There's plenty of room given to all the old heavy-hitt This anthology uses a wide range of literature to examine different elements of magical realism. The editors work categorically to question critical assumptions and further deliniate tools or palletes with which the various authors are working. I am gradually working through it, and I've already learned some new favorites: Maria Luisa Bombal "New Islands," Henri Michaux!, Thomas Mann "The Wardrobe," and Anibal Monteiro Machado's "The Piano." There's plenty of room given to all the old heavy-hitters: Kafka, Babel, Woolf, Nabokov, Borges, Calvino, Garcia Marquez, (even the older Barthelme!), Kundera. Among the more conspicuously absent names is Cervantes. The one fellow upon who's shoulders the genre rests (if we consider Apuleius Neo-Platonic and Moses Non-Fiction). I would also enjoy more dialogue between East and West. The Chinese classic Journey to the West or the Japanese gothic tales of Kyoka Izumi come to mind quickest - with the Eastern Russian kosmokrat Iurii Medvedev bridging the gap (if one can be said to exist). Still, here's a good anthology to throw at your mother when she asks: 'Why do you want to be a magical realist?'

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Paige

    An amazing overview of stories in the vein of magical realism. I loved many of these stories, and was introduced to a lot of authors unknown to me, Clarice Lispector and Tommaso Landolfi are two of my favorites now. This is a great anthology, but the concentration is mostly on Latin American and European authors. My favorites: “The Smallest Woman in the World” by Clarice Lispector “Cloud Maker” by Robert Escarpit “New Islands” by Maria Luisa Bombal “The Piano” by Anibal Monteiro Machado “Gogol’s Wif An amazing overview of stories in the vein of magical realism. I loved many of these stories, and was introduced to a lot of authors unknown to me, Clarice Lispector and Tommaso Landolfi are two of my favorites now. This is a great anthology, but the concentration is mostly on Latin American and European authors. My favorites: “The Smallest Woman in the World” by Clarice Lispector “Cloud Maker” by Robert Escarpit “New Islands” by Maria Luisa Bombal “The Piano” by Anibal Monteiro Machado “Gogol’s Wife” by Tommaso Landolfi

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abbie O'Hara

    This is possibly the worst anthology I have ever encountered. MAGICAL REALISM WAS INVENTED IN LATIN AMERICA. Yet we are only discussing about 5 writers from the global south??? This is disgusting and I’m frankly appalled. There is a fundamental failure in distinguishing magical realism from the entire genre of modernism here. I should have guessed this was a whitewashed mess from the cover. German magical realism will always be secondary to the endeavors of the Global South. 🖕Furthermore the ant This is possibly the worst anthology I have ever encountered. MAGICAL REALISM WAS INVENTED IN LATIN AMERICA. Yet we are only discussing about 5 writers from the global south??? This is disgusting and I’m frankly appalled. There is a fundamental failure in distinguishing magical realism from the entire genre of modernism here. I should have guessed this was a whitewashed mess from the cover. German magical realism will always be secondary to the endeavors of the Global South. 🖕Furthermore the anthology grossly EXAGGERATES the development of very early nascent German magical realism and it’s impact on the literary realm. This exaggeration overstates the influence, vision, and impact of WHITE German MR literature at this time. It is not until the mid 20th century that Germany’s influence in MR is prominent and only AFTER the development of the genre in Latin America that it is fully realized in Europe. This teleological history of magical realism is clearly misunderstanding the development of the genre and it’s growth from previous Latin American artistic movements such as their romanticism and nationalistic movements. I suggest Young and Hollaman revisit their Spanish literature 101 course notes - I doubt either of them are even remotely versed in Latin American literary movements. I’m seeing underdeveloped footnotes for very important, if not, canonical texts of MR here. I’m astounded at the lack of representation here - if you can even call it representation at this point because how are we NOT representing the inventors of the very field of study as to which we are discussing. It has shocked me that this anthology contains more white men than Latin American writers. I was expecting it to be almost entirely comprised of Latin American writers when this is just the opposite of the anthology’s reality. This book should be condemned in academia and I regret paying money for such a racist and insulant item. Fuck Young and Hollaman tbh. Picks.

  5. 5 out of 5

    NIKHILDEV.S

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Bryan

    the private notes section is annoyingly too small, so I shall have to put my thoughts here . . . Leo Tolstoy - "The Porcelain Doll" excerpt from a letter, 3/5 Nikolai Gogol - "The Nose" 4/5 Thomas Mann - "The Wardrobe" 3/5 Isaac Babel - "The Sin of Jesus" 3/5 Jorge Luis Borges - "The Aleph" 5/5 "The South" 4/5 Julio Cortazar - "Axolotl" 4/5 "The Night Face Up" 5/5 Bruno Schulz - "The Street of Crocodiles" thee-forsaken, too bloated. Vladimir Nabokov - "The Visit to the Museum" 4/5 Maria Luisa Bombal - "N the private notes section is annoyingly too small, so I shall have to put my thoughts here . . . Leo Tolstoy - "The Porcelain Doll" excerpt from a letter, 3/5 Nikolai Gogol - "The Nose" 4/5 Thomas Mann - "The Wardrobe" 3/5 Isaac Babel - "The Sin of Jesus" 3/5 Jorge Luis Borges - "The Aleph" 5/5 "The South" 4/5 Julio Cortazar - "Axolotl" 4/5 "The Night Face Up" 5/5 Bruno Schulz - "The Street of Crocodiles" thee-forsaken, too bloated. Vladimir Nabokov - "The Visit to the Museum" 4/5 Maria Luisa Bombal - "New Islands" 4/5 Henri Michaux - In the Land of Magic (excerpt=no context) 3/5 Hugo von Hofmannsthal - "A Tale of the Cavalry" thee-forsaken, boring and list-y. Henry James - "The Jolly Corner" thee-forsaken. too henry james. Rainer Maria Rilke - "The Death of Chamberlain Brigge" excerpt from The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, 4/5 "The Hand" excerpt from same, 4/5 Franz Kafka - "The Country Doctor" 3/5 "The Bucket Rider" 3/5 DH Lawrence - "Odour of Chrysanthemums" 3/5 "The Blind Man" 4/5 but neither story is magical realism, imo. Yuri Olesha - "Lyompa" 3.5/5 "The cuts on his fingers were covered with golden, appetizing scabs." maybe this is a weird translation, but thank god for it. brilliant sentence. Osip Emilievich Mandelstam - The Egyptian Stamp excerpt. thee-forsaken. like being thrown into some idiotic stranger's circle of gossip. Virginia Woolf - The Great Frost (excerpt from Orlando), 4/5 Anibal Monteiro Machado - "The Piano" 3/5 Octavio Paz - "The Wave" 4/5 Alfonso Reyes - "Major Aranda's Hand" 3/5 Carlos Fuentes - "Aura" 5/5 Eudora Welty - "Moon Lake" 2/5 John Cheever - "The Enormous Radio" 3/5 Clarice Lispector - "The Smallest Woman in the World" 4/5 Alejo Carpenter - "Journey to the Seed" thee-forsaken Vjekoslav Kaleb - "The Guest" - 2/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Euteneuer

    A solid anthology, but there are lots of clunkers throughout this collection. In particular, the editors go to a lot of trouble to show that magical realism has existed in Western and Russian lit for a long time, too bad none of it is any good. When they finally get to some of the more contemporary stuff (1945-present), then the selections become stronger.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    So far I am just on the first story which is this odd little number by Gogol about a man, an uppity Russian clerk (is there any other kind), who loses his nose and then realizes that his nose is surrepticiously dating the woman that he loves. At least I think that's what's happening.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matty

    This would be a fantastic book for a class studying Magical Realism. Not so great for reading on your own. I wanted to have discussions about the stories and talk about the literary significance and what the use of fantastical elements meant.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of magical realism stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    AgnesAgnes

    I like Henri Michaux, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar and Gabriel García Márquez (Gregory Robassa served the great translation) the most.

  12. 5 out of 5

    B.B. Morgan

    I read this book for class. It's not my cup of tea. The stories were all packed with telling, sodden narration, and the font was extremely hard to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Read around this book for my class on magical realism. Hit and miss like all anthologies, but a great into to a bum like me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marie Brenner Wood

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Perry

  20. 4 out of 5

    Luke

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sondra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Lamaga

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fireflydances

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaye Linden

  25. 5 out of 5

    Japhie

  26. 5 out of 5

    JSA Lowe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rae Bryant

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daye L.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christos

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara Sams

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