Definition of magic realism in English:

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magic realism

(also magical realism)


A literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.
Example sentences
  • In her new collection of short fiction titled Engum Vaanam, she has introduced a number of narrative techniques that range from fantasy to magical realism.
  • I'm really interested to know how you deal with incorporating surrealism or magical realism into your stories.
  • His principal mode is literary realism, though his second novel invokes the magic realism of a Toni Morrison work in its portrait of Roscoe's father's ghost.


magic realist

Example sentences
  • Stylistically, Pycletius is judged an early magic realist, with tributes to his work by Calvino, Emile dell'Ova, and Borges.
  • Think of it as something like a cross between a fairy tale and a magic realist novel.
  • The truth about Carroll is that he's a magic realist who plunders our unconscious for profound emotional truths.
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