Magical Realism

When I was in college, I liked magical realism–and I didn’t even know it. I read Haruki Murakami, famed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84, and Norwegian Wood. In the most simplistic terms, magic or magical realism is a genre where characters in literature are placed in a realistic setting, but something extraordinary happens within the story. Sometimes, that unusual characteristic that borders what’s real and what’s fake is pushed in magical realism, but it still leans towards real in regards to the environment.

In the artistic form, magical realism has a striking resemblance to traditional Surrealism, but there’s one key difference between the two: Surrealism deals with dreams, the unconscious, the sub-conscious while magical realism delves into the fantastical world. One book I’d recommend that shows the artistic form of magical realism is Imaginaire II: Magical Realism, as shown below.


[Images from Parka Blogs @]

In a recent search to find some magical realistic magazines online, I discovered that this genre–though practiced both in literature and art around the world–isn’t so prominent in the public. Surrealism, yes, but magical realism, not so much. Still, I think that people who like anime, manga, comics, fantasy, and science fiction would like magical realism.

Why am I talking about magical realism here? I hope to be a writer in it. As I said, I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami, and I hope to take the stories I have, like The Ends Don’t Tie with Bunny Rabbits, into the world of magical realism.



  1. I recently read Sputnik Sweetheart. I am afraid I didn’t understand all of it but your post on magical realism might help me figure more out. Going to read more books by the same author as well.


    1. Ah, Sputnik Sweetheart, my first magical realism/Haruki Murakami book I read. I’m glad you gave it a try! I think it’ll be good to try some of Murakami’s short stories just so you can get a better feel of magical realism. I’d recommend The Elephant Vanishes and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Thanks for reading!


  2. Sorry. Imaginaire II does not contain Magic Realism art. It contains Fantasy. The definition of Magic Realism in art is making the Real World appear Unreal. Fantastic or Impossible elements are part of Surrealism, not Magic Realism.


    1. No need to be sorry! Maybe this is something to tell the author, Claus Brusen, since the subtitle is “Magic Realism”. Thanks!


  3. I saw the words “Magical Realism” and was instantly interested. I’ve read some from the South American writers like Jorge Luis Borge and Gabriel García Márquez. I’ve never heard of Haruki Murakami but I’m looking. Then I saw you had a short story so I went to Amazon to get it. But I couldn’t. Not at the price you are asking. If you ever offer it for less I’ll want to take a look. Sorry.


    1. I’m actually surprised that Haruki Murakami isn’t as well known. He’s very easy to read, but his concepts seep into your brain without warning. Thanks for looking at the Amazon page. If you have a Kindle, The Ends Don’t Tie with Bunny Rabbits book (a collection of short stories) is available for free through the Kindle’s library program. I also have the e-book available through Smashwords if you’d like a free copy. (The Amazon price is set with a minimum selling price.)


  4. I’ve found Haruki’s work and started reading the Wind-Up Bird.
    I also went to smashwords but couldn’t find you by name or book title. Could just be smashwords, I’ll check later, perhaps they are having a glitch. 🙂


  5. And….my bad. Found it, purchased it. I don’t know why I had to turn off the adult filter. Is it pornographic? :/


    1. Wow! That’s great! I can’t express how thankful I am!
      The book may be under an adult filter, but there’s no pornographic things in it. I hope you enjoy it!


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