Magic is alive

     
“I don’t think magic belongs to one culture or another. It is a part of family, history, tradition – it is everywhere.”
     
– Alice Hoffman
              
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Recommendations
  
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende


 
 
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Jorge Amado

     
  

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, Jorge Amado

      
              
 
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

      

 
Invisible Cities
, Italo Calvino


                   
 
Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter

     

 
The Magic Toyshop
, Angela Carter

 
The Bloody Chamber
, Angela Carter


  

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

 
Love in the Time of Cholera
, Gabriel García Márquez

 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
, Gabriel García Márquez

     

 
Chocolat
, Joanne Harris

     

   
The World to Come, Dara Horn

     
 
  
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

     

 
The Third Policeman
, Flann O’Brien

     

 
The Famished Road
, Ben Okri

     

   
Songs of Enchantment, Ben Okri

     

 
Stars of the New Curfew
, Ben Okri

     

 
My Name is Red
, Orhan Pamuk

  
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

     

 
Jitterbug Perfume
, Tom Robbins

    

 
Midnight’s Children
, Salman Rushdie

     

  
The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salman Rushdie

     

 
Of Bees and Mist
, Erick Setiawan

 

     
The Girl with Glass Feet, Ali Shaw

     

 
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
, Patrick Süskind

     

 
Broken Things
, Padrika Tarrant

  
    

Lighthousekeeping, Jeanette Winterson

        
  


  
More magical writers

    
Kathleen Alcalá, Aimee Bender, Louis de Bernières, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, A.S. Byatt, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Peter Carey, Alejo Carpentier, Susanna Clarke, Julio Cortazar, Mia Couto, Katherine Dunn, Louise Erdrich, Jeffrey Eugenides, Connie May Fowler, Janet Frame, Carlos Fuentes, Neil Gaiman, Günter Grass, Mark Helprin, Alice Hoffman, Zora Neale Hurston, Franz Kafka, Kelly Link, Yann Martel, Zakes Mda, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Audrey Niffenegger, Milorad Pavic, Lily Prior, Jonathan Safran Foer, José Saramago, Amy Tan, Luisa Valenzuela, Mario Vargas Llosa, Alice Walker, Virginia Woolf, Carlos Ruiz Záfon

6 thoughts on “Magic is alive

  1. Michelle Post author

    I also enjoyed Zakes Mda’s Cion and Isabel Allende’s Eva Luna and the sequel, The Stories of Eva Luna.

    Other favourites

    Shaindel Beers:

    Things that Fall from the Sky, Kevin Brockmeier
    Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino

    Pascale Petit:

    The Blind Owl, Sedagh Hedayat Iranian
    House of the Sleeping Beauties, Yasonari Kawabata
    The Lost Steps, Alejo Carpentier

    Isobel Dixon mentions Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying and The Whale Caller, and Etienne van Heerden’s The Long Silence of Mario Salviati.

    Sarah Frost:

    Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter
    Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie
    Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

    Kat Thomas recommends Tim Powers.

    Deb Scott loves Italo Calvino.

    J B Mulligan:

    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Invisible Cities

    Kelly Cherry:

    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Cosmicomics

    Susan Hawthorne:

    The Lizard’s Tail, Luisa Valenzuela

    Padrika Tarrant:

    The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz

  2. Sue

    You can add Robertson Davies to the list. I love magic realism and am seriously thinking about whether i can turn my own hand to it,

  3. Annie

    wow, fabulous list. I love the quote, and yes some of these books are my all time favourites. Particularly, The Famished Road, and Nights at the Circus, and of course Padrika’s book. I want to read the girl with the glass feet, it sounds fabulous. Thanks for the list, more for my wanted list…

  4. Julie

    I absolutely love your list, Michelle. We have similar tastes:) But I will definitely look up the ones I don’t know. Fantastic. And, as always, many thanks for such wonderful information!

  5. Regina

    Oh, great- now I have even more reasons to hit the bookstore! ;)
    What a fantastic list, Michelle- I’ve read a few on there but there’s more that I haven’t- this will keep me busy over the summer!
    xo

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