10 Magical Realism Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami

10 Magical Realism Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami

Whether they are historical events, personal traumas, or fantastical adventures, the books Haruki Murakami recommends emphasize the power of magical realism to transform the human experience.

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Magical realism is a genre that combines the ordinary with the extraordinary, the real with the surreal. Haruki Murakami, himself a master of this genre, has recommended several books that illustrate the beauty and complexity of magical realism. Here are ten magical realism books recommended by Haruki Murakami.

1. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus is an enchanting tale set in the early 20th century. The novel follows Fevvers, a winged aerial acrobat who is half woman, half bird, and her adventures with American journalist Jack Walser. As they travel from London to St. Petersburg to Siberia, the lines between reality and illusion blur, creating a richly imaginative story.

“Red Sorghum” by Mo Yan is a multi-generational saga set in rural China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The story weaves elements of magical realism with historical events, focusing on the struggle and resilience of a farming family. Mo Yan’s vivid descriptions and surreal storytelling bring the harsh realities and mystical aspects of rural China to life.