Magical Realism 101
Curated by Joe Meno
About the Curator
Joe Meno is the bestselling author of seven novels and two short story collections including “Marvel and a Wonder,” “Hairstyles of the Damned,” and “The Boy Detective Fails.”
About the FolioMagical realism first appeared following World War I, as a way to explore the uncertainty that suddenly gripped the world. Beginning in Europe in the 1920s and later making its way around the globe, from Latin America to the United States to Japan, this expressive genre of storytelling borrows fantastic elements from folktales and myth, all while confronting very real conflicts. Magical realism offers us the opportunity to appreciate the unknown and find a sense of possibility in the midst of our own uncertainty.