Magic Realism Literature

In literature, the term magical realism originated with the Italian M. Bontempelli (Gente nel tempo, 1937) and is applied to the work of such diverse authors as E.T.A. Hoffmann (Der goldene Topf, 1816), Gustav Meyrink (Der Golem), Alain-Fournier (Le grand Meaulnes, 1913), and H. Rider Haggard. Again, these are often mysterious stories that have an alienating character.

In many Spanish, as well as South American artists, there has traditionally been a certain inclination toward magical realism, for example Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, and Mario Vargas Llosa. In their case, magical realism is a style in which ordinary occurrences are told in exaggerated language, while the most extraordinary occurrences are described in an everyday manner. In magical realism, an essential role is played by nature and the supernatural, history, politics, social themes and all human passions.

Dutch-language authors:

  • Hubert Lampo examples are 'The Swans of Stonehenge' and The Coming of Joachim Stiller.
  • Johan Daisne especially in 'The Train of Inertia
  • Simon Vestdijk with 'De kellner en de levenden' (The waiter and the living)
  • Ferdinand Bordewijk especially in the early stories


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