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R E V I E W   S E C T I O N
Magical Realism In Review
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m i n i   r e v i e w s
JUNE 2006
m a r u   ~    t h e   g o d   w h o   b e g a t   j a c k a l   ~   a   t i m e   o f   a n g e l s
~   t h e   l o n g   s i l e n c e   o f   m a r i o   s a l v i a t i   ~   m a y a   r u n n i n g   ~   
i m a g i n a r y   m e n   ~   r e d   e a r t h   a n d   p o u r i n g   r a i n   ~   d e a t h
o f   a   r i v e r   g u i d e :   a   n o v e l   ~   v o l c a n o :   a   m e m o i r   o f
h a w a i ' i   ~   v i s i t a t i o n   ~   t h e   f a r c e   ~   f e r d y d u r k e   ~   o n   t h e   
m a r b l e   c l i f f s   ~   t h e   e n c y c l o p e d i a   o f   t h e   d e a d   ~   b e r j i   
k r i s t i n :   t a l e s   f r o m   t h e   g a r b a g e   h i l l s   ~   …a n d   d r e a m s   
a r e   d r e a m s   ~   c o n v e r s a t i o n s   w i t h   i s a b e l   a l l e n d e   ~
t r o u t   f i s h i n g   i n   a m e r i c a   ~   c o n s i d e r a t i o n   o f   t h e   g u i t a r
t h e r e   n e v e r   w a s   a   o n c e   u p o n   a   t i m e   ~   t r o p i c   o f   o r a n g e

MAY 2006
i n   a m e r i c a
s t i l l b i r d
m a n i a c   m a g e e

AUTUMN 2004
t h e   a l c h e m i s t
j a c k   a n d   t h e   b e a n s t a l k :   t h e   r e a l   s t o r y
b r o t h e r   b e a r
t h e   x - f i l e s

SUMMER 2004
c e r e u s   b l o o m s   a t   n i g h t
w h i s p e r s   f r o m   t h e   c o t t o n   t r e e   r o o t
w i d e   s a r g a s s o   s e a

WINTER 2004
w h a l e   r i d e r   ~   b i g   f i s h

AUTUMN 2003
A l d a m a   ~   d a C o s t a   ~   H a r u n   ~   H o f f m a n   ~   S a c h a r

f i c t i o n
UNDER THE FRANGIPANI ~ MIA COUTO
r e v i e w   b y   a a r o n   b a d y   ~   w o r l d v i e w   m a g a z i n e
June 2006

THE MAN MADE OUT OF WORDS ~ N. SCOTT MOMADAY
r e v i e w   b y   b o r i a   s a x   ~   h - n e t
June 2006

THE PORTABLE PROMISED LAND ~ TOURÉ
r e v i e w   b y   t h u m p e r   ~   t h e   A A L B C
June 2006

THE FAMILY OF PASCUAL DUARTE ~ CAMILO JOSÉ CELA
r e v i e w   b y   s t e p h e n   s i c i l i a n o   ~   l o s   a n g e l e s,   c a l i f o r n i a
Summer 2005

THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS ~ ANTONIO LOBO ANTUNES
r e v i e w   b y   o o n a   p a t r i c k   ~   m a r g i n
Summer 2005

MIDWIFE OF TORMENT & OTHER STORIES [audio CD format] ~ PAULO DA COSTA
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~    m a r g i n
Summer 2005

EXTREME FICTION: FABULISTS AND FORMALISTS ~ MICHAEL MARTONE AND ROBIN HEMLEY, ed.
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~   m a r g i n
Autumn 2004

TEXACO and SOLIBO MAGNIFICENT ~ PATRICK CHAMOISEAU
r e v i e w   b y   o o n a   p a t r i c k   ~   m a r g i n
Summer 2004

DIVINA TRACE ~ ROBERT ANTONI
r e v i e w   b y   g u s t a v o   p e r e z   f i r m a t
Summer 2004

MY WORLD IS NOT OF THIS KINGDOM ~ JOAO DE MELO/G. RABASSA, TR.
r e v i e w   b y   o o n a   p a t r i c k   ~   m a r g i n
Winter 2004

THE TOOTH FAIRY ~ GRAHAM JOYCE
r e v i e w   b y   s.   l.   d e e f h o l t s   ~   m a r g i n
Winter 2004

SAUDADE ~ KATHERINE VAZ
r e v i e w   b y   o o n a   p a t r i c k   ~   c h a r l e s t o w n ,   m a s s a c h u s e t t s
May 2002 -- 4 pages

THE STONE RAFT ~ JOSÉ SARAMAGO
r e v i e w   b y   o o n a   p a t r i c k   ~   c h a r l e s t o w n ,   m a s s a c h u s e t t s
June 2001 -- 3 pages

PALACE OF DREAMS ~ ISMAIL KADARE
r e v i e w   b y   j e f f   k.   h i l l   ~   m a r g i n
Jan 2001 -- 4 pages

PASTORALIA: STORIES ~ GEORGE SAUNDERS
r e v i e w   b y   m a r k   t u r s i   ~   d e n v e r ,   c o l o r a d o
Jan 2001 -- 2 pages

MAGICAL REALIST FICTION ~ DAVID YOUNG & KEITH HOLLAMAN, ed.
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~   m a r g i n
Jan 2001 -- 3 pages

n o n f i c t i o n
LIES THAT TELL THE TRUTH ~ ANNE C. HEGERFELDT
r e v i e w   b y   b r u c e   t a y l o r   ~    m a r g i n
June 2006

REDISCOVERING MAGICAL REALISM IN THE AMERICAS ~ SHANNIN SCHROEDER
r e v i e w   b y   j o e   b e n e v e n t o   ~    t r u m a n   s t a t e   u n i v e r s i t y
Autumn 2005

MAGIC(AL) REALISM ~ MAGGIE ANN BOWERS
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~    m a r g i n
Autumn 2005

WITH BORGES ~ ALBERTO MANGUEL
r e v i e w   b y   i a n   h a n i n g t o n   ~    t h e   g e o r g i a   s t r a i g h t
Autumn 2004

ORDINARY ENCHANTMENTS ~ WENDY B. FARIS
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~   m a r g i n
Autumn 2004

HISTORY, FABLE & MYTH ~ In the Caribbean and Guianas ~ WILSON HARRIS
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~   m a r g i n
Summer 2004

p o e t r y
THE ECSTASY OF REGRET ~ DANNYE ROMINE POWELL
r e v i e w   b y   m a r j o r i e   r o m m e l   ~   a u b u r n,   w a s h i n g t o n
Summer 2005

SOUVENIRS OF A CENTURY: Magical Realism by an American Original and Son ~ SAGE GOODWIN & RUFUS GOODWIN
r e v i e w   b y   k e l l i   r u s s e l l   a g o d o n   ~   m a r g i n
Winter 2004

f i l m
THE GREAT WATER ~ IVO TRAJKOV, dir.
r e v i e w   b y   w a d e   m a j o r   ~   b o x o f f i c e
June 2006

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE ~ KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI, dir.
r e v i e w   b y   s .   l .   d e e f h o l t s   ~   m a r g i n
Winter 2004

UNBREAKABLE ~ M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN, dir.
r e v i e w   b y   s .   l .   d e e f h o l t s   ~   m a r g i n
Jan 2001 -- 2 pages

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH ~ Spike Jonze, dir.
r e v i e w   b y   s .   l .   d e e f h o l t s   ~   m a r g i n
Jan 2001 -- 2 pages

t e l e v i s i o n
CARNIVŔLE ~ HBO (ensemble direction)
r e v i e w   b y   t a m a r a   k a y e   s e l l m a n   ~   m a r g i n
Winter 2004

ARABIAN NIGHTS ~ Steve Barron, dir.
r e v i e w   b y   s .   l .   d e e f h o l t s   ~   m a r g i
Jan 2001 -- 2 pages

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