Surreal Fiction, Magic Realism and Flash Fiction


Surreal Fiction, Magic Realism and Flash Fiction

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News of the Surreal and of Magic Realism

This isn't a critique group. I'm interested in the subtle rise of surrealism and magic realism in an age of literature that has needed either the literal or the clearly supernatural. And if you have an event to tell us about, it would be great to hear it.

Recently, in the course of looking at the web in pre-publication mode, I've discovered more books that have this slant again. And (as I must have written about three times here) Donald Barthleme's new collection of short stories is going to be published, long after his death and long after he fell into some disrepute.

There are some very thin lines in literature when it comes to surrealism and magic realism. Because--in my opinion--all good writing, at some point, plunges the reader into a world that feels tilted and alien.

And--in the interests of broadening what is still a slender, if emerging, renaissance, it might be interesting to mention particular books and scenes in seemingly realistic fiction that almost immediately feel surreal.

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Magic Realism Blog hop

Started by Zoe Brooks. Last reply by Zoe Brooks May 22, 2013. 2 Replies

I was wondering whether any bloggers here might be interested in taking part in a magic realism blog hop.For anyone who doesn't know about hops, we would all agree to put write a post about magic…Continue

Tags: hop, blog, realism, magic

Magic Realism Book Challenge

Started by Zoe Brooks. Last reply by Zoe Brooks Apr 2, 2013. 26 Replies

I have decided that I will challenge myself to read one magic realist book a week for a year. Does anyone fancy joining me?I have started a blog in which I will be posting my reviews - it's on…Continue

Tags: challenge, read, book, books, realism

Recommend your favorite books, please!

Started by Adriana Ryan. Last reply by Johanna DeBiase Jul 28, 2012. 14 Replies

I want to start reading more speculative fiction/surrealism, especially by contemporary authors. Can anyone recommend any books?

Call for submissions: Sisterhood of Strength

Started by Adriana Ryan. Last reply by Jenny Darlington Jul 17, 2012. 1 Reply

Hello all!I'm setting up a website that will feature art and writing submissions from girls and women who suffer from mental illness. It's brand new, and I hope to raise awareness and get rid of the…Continue

Tags: art, writing, illness, mental

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Comment by Tantra Bensko on March 27, 2014 at 6:35pm

Speaking of Barthleme, I just analyzed one of his stories today for a class I'm teaching for UCLA X Writing Program. Cortes and Montezuma. It feels a little off, like you have to almost cross your eyes and switch up your brain a bit, though it's subtle - just presented in a deliberately alienating way. Leaves me starting as if at a mirage.

Comment by Catherine Stine on November 11, 2013 at 10:18am

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Comment by Catherine Stine on November 6, 2013 at 8:48am

Two mini-excerpts from the space opera sorceress of Beyond the Edge:

Comment by Zoe Brooks on December 20, 2012 at 11:42am

Hello everyone 

I've just set up a magic realism facebook group:

Please do pop by and join me.

Comment by Alle C. Hall on October 6, 2012 at 8:22am

It's the weekend. Take some time to write. Eat well for it:

"The Perfect Writer's Lunch"

Comment by Jenny Darlington on July 18, 2012 at 12:25pm

Congratulations Jane!! 

Comment by Jane Baskin on June 25, 2012 at 12:20pm

I hope it's okay to share this's kind of self promotion, but I must tell: my book just won a silver medal in the Foreword Book of the Year Contest!

Comment by Zoe Brooks on May 31, 2012 at 1:20pm

Hello I'm new here. I'm a writer of magic realism novels. I have an interest in the role of fairytale/myths in storytelling, which may account for my love og magic realism.

Comment by Catherine Stine on February 22, 2012 at 8:59am

Day Two of Fireseed Tour on Watery Tart! Secrets of world-building using illustrations, fiery excerpts!

Comment by Catherine Stine on January 11, 2012 at 10:34am

Oops, here's a better link to the June writing workshop:


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