Why Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism is so enduring

Vox deconstructs the appeal in the works of the Colombian writer, who would’ve turned 91 today

Magical realism is a literary genre that’s grounded in reality but in which miraculous and magical things may happen at any moment. In a Marquez book, a dead man’s blood may run across multiple streets and up and down staircases, into a house — “hugging the walls so as not to stain the rugs” — through a pantry and into the kitchen where the dead man’s mother is cooking. There can be flying carpets and ghosts who grow old, and all of it will feel perfectly natural and real.

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