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 Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
  • Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq
  •  The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
  • The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf by Kathryn Davis
  • Honeycomb by Israel Del Rio
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld 
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Ginger Bread by Robert Dinsdale 
  • The Dream Mistress by Jenny Diski
  • Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  • Loon Lake by E.L.Doctorow 
  • About Grace by Anthony Doerr
  • The Stolen Child by Keith Donaghue
  • The Obscene Bird of Night by Jose Donoso 
  • The Shaman's Game by James D Doss
  • Stone Butterfly by James D Doss 
  • Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco 
  • Forest of Hours by Kerstin Ekman
  • The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov 
  • The Wilds by Julia Elliott
  • Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliott
  • Fairy Tale by Alice Thomas Ellis
  • Peace like a River by Leif Enger
  • The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
  • Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • The Bingo Palace by Louise Erdrich
  • Esperanza's Box of Saints by Mario Amparo Escandon
  • Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • The Lamentations of Julius Marantz by Marc Estrin

  • 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  
  • 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

  • The Floating World by Cynthia Kadohata 
  • THIRST by Ken Kalfus
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • The Room by Jonas Karlsson
  • If You Are Afraid of Heights by Raj Kamal Jha
  • The Tiny Wife bt Andrew Kaufman
  • While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew Kaufman
  • Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman
  • Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami
  • Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
  • To Dance With the White Dig by Terry Kay     
  • Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
  • Ironweed by William Kennedy
  • The Last Illusion by Porochist Khakpour
  • Incidences by Daniil Kharms
  • Liar's Moon by Philip Kimball
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Everybody Sees Ants by A S King
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King        
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsover
  • Flight behaviour by Barbara Kingsover
  • The Essential W P Kinsella by W P Kinsella 
  • Butterfly Winter by W P Kinsella
  • Shoeless Joe by W P Kinsella
  • Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas
  • The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox 
  • The Missing Body Parts of Mr Doherty by Luke Kondor
  • The Underdog Stories by Luke Kondor
  • The Reason for Wings by Joyce Reiser Kornblatt
  • The Melancholy of Resistence by Laszlo Krasnahorkai
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan
  • Gabriel's Gift by Hanif Kureishi



  • Requiem - A Hallucination by Antonio Tabucchi
  • Four Hands by Paco Ignacio Taibo
  • Monterra's Deliciosa & Other Tales by Anna Tambour
  • The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Knife Drawer by Padrika Tarrant
  • Keepers of the House by Lisa St Aubin De  Teran
  • Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Na Thiongo
  • Flight of the Goose by Lesley Thomas
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton
  • House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle
  • The Story Trap by Masha du Toit
  • On Golden Porch by Tatyana Tolstaya
  • The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
  • My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola

  • 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 
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Alexandra Someillan 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.

potok 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.

karenwyld 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?