Perhaps an even better example is Crowley's Aegypt quartet. Magic is very rare in these novels, and they clearly take place in 1970s/1980s USA (as well as interwoven novels about John Dee, Queen Elizabeth's alchemist and Giordano Bruno, who fled the Roman Inquisition for his visionary view of the universe). These are considered by many to be overlooked major works. They contributed to Harold Bloom's steadfast admiration for Crowley and the latter's appointment to the Yale faculty.
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin has been called magic realism. It takes place primarily in and around NYC near the turn of the 20th century. It earned "multiple" votes in 2006 when the New York Times inquired of writers, critics, and editors what they believed to be the best American novel of the last 25 years. Indeed several books on their list might be considered magic realism.
Then there's the work of Haruki Murakami. The book we read, Norwegian Wood, has no magical elements that I recall, but the other novel of his I've read is Kafka on the Shore, definitely magic realism in modern Japan. I believe that this is true of some of his other novels as well.
Arguably, The Tin Drum is German magic realism.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the work of Angela Carter, the British feminist writer, is often considered magic realism.
Even in most of these novels, however, the characters, though living within "First World" developed countries, are somewhat marginalized. It seems central to the genre.
: I was trying to think of something that could be called
: "Magical Realism", and that wasn't written
: by an author from a "underdeveloped"
: country, nor was about an "underdeveloped"
: environment, and then I remembered "The Witches
: of Eastwick", by John Updike, a novel about which
: I had very low expectations, but that turned out very
: enjoyable, and indeed it's one I might re-read some
: day. I guess by any standard, it's Magical Realism,
: but it's still a novel situated in the margins of
: society, in a remote and fictional town, and it deals
: with three women who "don't belong" to their
: environment: early 70īs divorcees, sexually active,
: forced to make a living and raise a family by
: themselves, that is, "witches". Can you
: think of any other novel like this one?
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