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List of famous magic realism books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular magic realism books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best magic realism novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

This list below has a variety of books, like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and One Hundred Years of Solitude, in it.

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A Pele do Ogro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
A Pele do Ogro Miguel M. Abrahão A Pele do Ogro is a novel by Miguel M. Abrahão, published in 1996, in Brazil

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Blackberry Wine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Blackberry Wine Joanne Harris Blackberry wine is a magical realism novel published in 2000, the second in Joanne Harris' 'food trilogy'. It is set half in Yorkshire and half in the fictional village of ...more

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Brown Girl in the Ring is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Brown Girl in the Ring Nalo Hopkinson Brown Girl in the Ring is a novel by writer Nalo Hopkinson. The novel contains Afro-Caribbean culture with themes of folklore and magical realism. It was the winning entry in the Warner Aspect ...more

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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Chocolat Joanne Harris Chocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother, who arrives in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes at the beginning of Lent with ...more

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Christmas When Music Almost Ki... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels

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Christmas When Music Almost Ki... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World Aberjhani Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World is an extraordinary novel that takes readers inside the lives and deaths of a very exceptional group of people. At the center is Danny Blue, a former ...more

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El Centro & OMEGA: The Audiobo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
El Centro & OMEGA: The Audiobook Joseph Matheny El Centro 'outer' documents archived here in most of it's evolution . This active map shows the elements used in this story including the ones that went into the 'inner' documents and chapters ...more

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Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin Elsewhere is a 2005 young adult magical realist novel by Gabrielle Zevin.

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Firmin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Firmin Sam Savage Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife is the second novel by author Sam Savage, about a rat runt in 1960s Boston who learns to read. In 2006 Coffee House Press published Firmin: ...more

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a 1990 children's book by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie's fourth novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story that begins in a city so old and ...more

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series, written by British author J. K. Rowling. The book was released on 21 July 2007 by Bloomsbury ...more

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Heaven's Wager is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Heaven's Wager Ted Dekker Heaven's Wager is the first novel written by American author Ted Dekker and his third published. It was first released in 2000 by WestBow Press.

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Just in Case is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Just in Case Meg Rosoff Just in Case is a young-adult novel by Meg Rosoff published by Penguin in 2006. Its adolescent protagonist David Case spends the majority of the book attempting to avoid fate. Rosoff won the ...more

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Kirikirijin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Kirikirijin Hisashi Inoue Kirikirijin 吉里吉里人 is Inoue Hisashi's major satirical novel, challenges the political, cultural and linguistic authority of Tokyo, by depicting the political separation for the Kirikiri people ...more

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Like Water for Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies is a book by Laura Esquivel.

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Mama Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Mama Day Gloria Naylor Mama Day is the third novel by Gloria Naylor. The story, which makes many allusions to the dramatic works of Shakespeare, focuses upon the tragic love affair of "star-crossed" lovers ...more

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McOndo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
McOndo Alberto Fuguet McOndo is the 1996 literary anthology that spawned the McOndo movement. Around 1994, Chilean writer Alberto Fuguet participated in an International Writer's Workshop which took place at the ...more

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Men of Maize is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Men of Maize Miguel Ángel Asturias Men of Maize is a 1949 novel by Guatemalan Nobel Prize in Literature winner Miguel Ángel Asturias. The novel is usually considered to be Asturias's masterpiece, yet remains one of the ...more

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Midnight's Children is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children is a 1981 book by Salman Rushdie that deals with India's transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India. It is considered an example ...more

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One Arm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
One Arm Yasunari Kawabata One Arm is a novella by Nobel Prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata, published in 1964. This story has been considered as a main example of the current of Magic Realism in Japanese Literature. ...more

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One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude is a 1967 novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez that tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, ...more

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Perfume Patrick Süskind Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a 1985 literary historical cross-genre novel by German writer Patrick Süskind. The novel explores the sense of smell and its relationship with the ...more

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Ruby Holler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Ruby Holler Sharon Creech Ruby Holler is a low fantasy novel for children by the American writer Sharon Creech, published by HarperCollins in 2002. It features adolescent orphan twins who are "trouble" and an ...more

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Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord Louis de Bernières Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is a novel by Louis de Bernières, first published in 1991. It is the second of his Latin American trilogy, following on from The War of Don Emmanuel's ...more

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Skellig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Skellig David Almond Skellig is a children's novel by the British author David Almond, published by Hodder in 1998. It was the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and it won the Carnegie Medal from the Library ...more

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Swamplandia! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Swamplandia! Karen Russell Swamplandia! is a 2011 novel by Karen Russell. Set in the Ten Thousand Islands, off the southwest coast of Florida, it is the story of the Bigtree family of alligator wrestlers who live on ...more

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Sleepwalking Land is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Sleepwalking Land Mia Couto Sleepwalking Land is a novel written by Mia Couto, a Mozambican writer, first published in Portuguese in 1992 and translated into English by David Brookshaw in 2006. In 1995, the novel received ...more

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The Bloody Chamber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber is a collection of short fiction by Angela Carter. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1979 by Gollancz and won the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. All of the ...more

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The Book of Laughter and Forge... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is a novel by Milan Kundera, published in France in 1979. It is composed of seven separate narratives united by some common themes. The book considers the ...more

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The Carpathians is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Carpathians Janet Frame The Carpathians is the last novel by New Zealand writer Janet Frame, published in 1988 and awarded that year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

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The Chymical Wedding is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Chymical Wedding Lindsay Clarke The Chymical Wedding is a 1989 novel by Lindsay Clarke about the intertwined lives of six people in two different eras. Inspired by the life of Mary Anne Atwood, the book includes themes of ...more

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The Death of Artemio Cruz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Death of Artemio Cruz Carlos Fuentes The Death of Artemio Cruz is a novel written in 1962 by Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. It is considered to be a milestone in the Latin American Boom.

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The Game of Contemporaneity is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Game of Contemporaneity Kenzaburō Ōe The Game of Contemporaneity or dojidai gemu is a 1979 novel by the Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe. The Game of Contemporaneity was originally inspired on Diego Rivera’s mural 'Dream on a Sunday ...more

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The Great Night is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Great Night Chris Adrian The Great Night is a 2011 novel by American author Chris Adrian. Billed as a retelling of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the novel details the interaction on one night between ...more

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The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits is the debut novel of Isabel Allende. The novel was rejected by several Spanish-language publishers before being published in Barcelona in 1982. It became an instant ...more

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The Incunabula Papers: Ong's H... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Incunabula Papers: Ong's Hat and Other Gateways to New Dimensions Joseph Matheny The delightful legend of the Ong's Hat travel cult has been posted in the form of the Incunabula Papers since the earliest days of BBS and Internet communications. The mythos is an historical ...more

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The Kingdom of this World is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Kingdom of this World Alejo Carpentier The Kingdom of This World is a novel by Cuban author Alejo Carpentier, published in 1949 in his native Spanish and first translated into English in 1957. A work of historical fiction, it tells ...more

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The Passion of New Eve is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Passion of New Eve Angela Carter The Passion of New Eve is a novel by Angela Carter, first published in 1977. The book is set in a dystopian United States where civil war has broken out between different political, racial and ...more

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The Sand Child is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Sand Child Tahar Ben Jelloun The Sand Child is a 1985 novel by Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun. First published in France, the novel's message expresses on multiple levels ideas about the post-colonial condition of ...more

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The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. As with his previous books, Rushdie used magical realism and relied on ...more

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The Troublesome Offspring of C... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman Louis de Bernières The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman is a novel by Louis de Bernières, first published in 1992. It is the last of his Latin American trilogy, following on from The War of Don ...more

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The War of Don Emmanuel's Neth... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts Louis de Bernières The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts is a novel by Louis de Bernières, first published in 1990. It is the first of his Latin American trilogy. The other two parts are Señor Vivo ...more

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Through the Arc of the Rain Fo... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Through the Arc of the Rain Forest Karen Tei Yamashita Through the Arc of the Rain Forest is the first novel published by Japanese-American author Karen Tei Yamashita. Primarily set in Brazil, the novel is often considered a work of magical realism ...more

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Winter's Tale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Winter's Tale Mark Helprin Winter's Tale is a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin. It takes place in a mythic New York City, markedly different from reality, and in an industrial Edwardian era near the turn of the 20th century. ...more

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Wise Children is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Magic Realism Books and Novels
Wise Children Angela Carter Wise Children was the last novel written by Angela Carter. The novel follows the fortunes of twin chorus girls, Dora and Nora Chance, and their bizarre theatrical family. It explores the ...more