List of over 700 Magic Realism Books

This bibliography is a list of magic realist books in my collection, which in turn was influenced by various "best of magic realism" book lists. The books are in alphabetical order of author. Those books which have already been reviewed on this blog have underlined links.  Check out the programme page for information of books which will feature on this blog over the next three months.


  • House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • Memories of my Ghost Brother by Heinz Insu Fenkl 
  • The Collector Collector by Tibor Fischer
  • Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
  • Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan  
  • Okavango Gods by Anthony Fleischer 
  •  Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford
  • Sugar Cage by Connie May Fowler
  • People with Holes by Heather Fowler  
  • Beautiful Ape Girl by Heather Fowler
  • The Magus by John Fowles
  • The Accident Season By Moira Fowley-Doyle 
  • The Carpathians by Janet Frame
  • The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes
  • A Change of Skin by Carlos Fuentes
  • Constancia & Other Stories for Virgins by Carlos Fuentes
  • The Death of Artemia Cruz   by Carlos Fuentes
  • Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes





  • Tropic of Orange by Katern Tei Yamashita 
  • Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
  • How to Escape From A Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique
  • The History of the Vendetta by Yorgi Yatromanolakis 
  • Time of the Locust by Morowa Yeyide
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

  • Magic Realist Fiction edited by David Young and Keith Hollaman
  • The Picador Book of Latin American Stories edited by Carlos Fuentes and Julio Ortega 
    Uncommon Bodies


Unknown said...

You forgot to add in Francesca Lia Block's "Weetzie bat" and Jandy Nelson's "The Sky is Everywhere." They are young adult but just as substantial.

Zoe Brooks said...

Thank you for your suggestions, Alexandra. As the list is of the magic realism books that I own, I will have to buy the books.

Anonymous said...

I've read quite a few of these, and am now keen to hunt down some more magic realism books. Much thanks for the list, Zoe.

Dina Desveaux said...

I just discovered your blog and would recommend you add "Of Bees and Mist" I wrote a review on Goodreads here:

Thanks for the suggestions & I look forward to reading more on your blog!!

Robin Gregory said...

I finally had a chance to discover this list. Wow, Zoe! This is amazing. Thank you so much! Do you consider any of Kazuo Ishiguro's work to be MR?

Anonymous said...

There were a couple of magic realism books that I was unable to spot, ie. Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox and Rambulations of Andreas the Bum. There's a whole lot there, did I over look them?

Zoe Brooks said...

Dear Anonymous,

That's because this is a list of books in my collection and I don't have the books you mention. Zoe