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Why Magical Realism?


Speculative fiction is my absolute favorite genre both as a writer and as a reader. I love books that really make me think and question things I had always taken for granted. My preferred sub-genre is magical realism, though – I am fascinated by unorthodox relationships between people (and possibly also fantastical beings) and the “interaction” between magic and reality.

My first “encounter” with magical realism was when I was about fourteen or so, after reading the timeless “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” written by Gabriel García Márquez, of course. Needless to say I fell in love with this sub-genre. There was something about this fantasy-reality blend which I found to be more daring, more challenging. It enabled me to escape to a fantastical reality which wasn’t as unreachable.

Inspirational speculative fiction writers include Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Michael Bulgakov, Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, Isabel Allende, George Orwell, Paul Auster, Hermann Hesse, and many more.

Other authors that had inspired me deeply: John Steinbeck, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Cormac McCarthy, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, Jane Austen, Harper Lee, Ayn Rand, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.