Magic realism – a genre in which the line between realistic fiction and fantasy is blurred – became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to major Latin American writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, and Isabelle Allende and its influence can be seen in landmark contemporary novels including Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. Joining writer and Literary Friction host Octavia Bright to shed light on this fascinating genre and trace its influence through numerous literary traditions and cultures are acclaimed Mexican writer and grandson of Márquez, Mateo García Elizondo, author of the rich Caribbean magic realist novel This One Sky Day Leone Ross and Peruvian-British author of The Dust Never SettlesKarina Lickorish Quinn.

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