Thursday, September 4, 2014
One of the reasons I think that magical realism is such a prominent theme in Latin America goes back to the indigenous peoples there. When the Europeans first arrived in Latin America, they saw ships of an unprecedented size, beasts that could be ridden and run far faster than llamas, and strangest of all must have been the magical "fire sticks" that could kill a man with a crack of thunder. All of these technologies must have been overwhelming at first and have been viewed as almost magical to them. Also many of the native peoples' religions were still highly based on supernatural beings and gods, thereby adding a more willing belief in magic. What do y'all think? Why has magical realism become a prominent theme in Latin American literature?