The World Of Magical Realism

The World Of Magical Realism

With a term that sounds a tad contradictory, magical realism is one of those literary genres that appeared as a reaction to some previous literary genre. How can you place magic and realism into the same sentence? If there is a magical element in it, isn’t that a fantasy?

What is magical realism?

Magical realism, also known as magic realism or marvellous realism, is a literary genre that encompasses a range of different concepts. This genre of narrative fiction expresses a primarily realistic view of the everyday world while adding a certain magical element. When we use ‘magical’, we don’t mean the trickery that illusionists and magicians use to entertain the masses.

“Magical realism” it is most often used to refer to fiction and literature in particular, with the magical or supernatural element presented in what is otherwise an everyday or real-world setting.

Although the term was first introduced by a German art critic in 1925, magical realism is most often used to describe the work of Latin American writers in the 1950s. Most prominent figures of this sub-genre include writers like Jose Marti, Ruben Dario, as well as one of the greatest Latin American authors, who is considered one of the fathers of this genre – Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The Popularity of Magical Realism

There have been three main surges in the genre of magical realism. The first took place in Europe in the 1920s and 30s with writers like Franz Kafka. The “Neue Sachlichkeit” movement became popular at this time due to Franz Roh’s definition who intended “magical realism” to be synonymous with the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) as a whole. However, this movement didn’t achieve the popularity of magical realism because it was heavily focused on philosophical critiques.

The second surge happened in the 19540s and 50s in Latin America. The writers of Latin America combined the French surrealist concepts of the marvellous with Roh’s original theories of magical realism and added their own indigenous mythologies.

The popularity of magical realism happened during the third surge, at the times of the “Boom Period” of 1962-1967, when the literature of Latin America took off internationally. During the 60s and 70s, Latin America was in a political turmoil due to the diplomatic strategies created by the Cold War. When writers from the region became unified for nationalization after the Cuban Revolution, the eyes of the world turned to Latin America.

One of the hallmarks of the Latin American boom of this period was the use of magical realism. Since then, many writers from around the world have used magical realism in their works, but, still, the best and most popular works of the genre continue to be those from the Latin American boom.

If you are interested in the genre, you can start off by reading such books as Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Borges’ Ficcones and Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.

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Simple Writing Tips For Beginners

Simple Writing Tips For Beginners

There are multiple writing guides available online. We have published more than few articles with writing tips from various writers. However, if you are new to writing, that is, if you aren’t used to expressing yourself creatively in writing, some of our tips might be of little use to you.

That’s why this time we have some writing tips for beginners that will help you get started. And that’s what matters most and it’s probably the most challenging task – how do you begin?!

And it doesn’t matter if you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, most principles are the same. Whether it is a novel, or a blog post, your content always has to be engaging.


So, let’s start with the basics. And by the way, it is good to avoid or at least don’t overuse phrases like ‘by the way’ and words like ‘so’. They are often redundant. Anyway, start by reading more. Yes, read as much as you can if you want to become a good writer. There are very few writers who don’t read with a great fervour. It is often said that Thomas Paine state that he hasn’t read any books other than the ones he wrote himself, but that’s pretty much an exception that confirms the rule.

Explore The Net!

Google is your friend. This sentence has been used to many times, it almost lost its meaning, but it is definitely relevant to our topic. A lot of resources and useful information can be found online, but you need to know where and what to look for. Otherwise, Google might turn into the friend that’s always nagging you and wasting your attention.

Perhaps start an online writing course for beginners, that is if you manage to find one that’s free and looks promising. Don’t spend money on online courses, they are often not worth it, whereas with a free course you can give up at any time if you don’t like it, without losing anything.

Stay True To Your Style!

You should always aim to be consisted and stick to your style. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive to improve your writing, by all means do that, but don’t change the way you’re writing midway. Readers don’t like books and articles that feature a variety of style. And if you are unsure how to choose and develop your style go back to our first point – do a lot of reading and you will find which style suits you most.

Know Thy Readers!

Knowing yourself and your style probably comes first, but you must also know your audience, and be aware of the expectations of your readers. Make sure that you always give clear introduction and that your titles and subtitles are adequate and appropriate for the written content. If they know what you are offering, they will know if your content fits their needs. Otherwise, people will be unhappy, even if your content is of good quality.

Believe In Yourself!

The last one may sound a bit cheesy, but you must always believe in your capabilities. Confidence matters a lot when it comes to writing.

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