Laura Esquivel Magic realism - Magic Realism Magical realism chiefly Latin American narrative strategy that is characterized by the matter-of-fact

Laura Esquivel Magic realism - Magic Realism Magical...

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Magic Realism Magical realism, chiefly Latin- American narrative strategy that is characterized by the matter-of-fact inclusion of fantastic or mythical elements into seemingly realistic fiction. Although this strategy is known in the literature of many cultures in many ages, the term magical realism is a relatively recent designation, first applied in the 1940s by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier, who recognized this characteristic in much Latin-American literature. Magical realism is the art of infusing the supernatural in the mundane. Many Latin American authors exploit the power of magical realism in their novels, in which characters have regular encounters with the spiritual world. This capacity equips them with a ‘sixth sense’ so that they have superhuman insight, discern apparition’s unseen to natural eyes or communicate with spirits or spirits of the departed. Laura Esquivel are Latin American authors who employed “lo real maravilloso” or magical realism into literature, pervasive in her best-seller Like Water for Chocolate. This method serves to weave in legend, religion and spiritism into reality. The first use of the magical realism in Like Water for Chocolate, was in the first few paragraphs of the book, to describe her birth. “Tita was literally washed into this world on a great

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