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Magical Realism Book Reviews

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Kikuko Tsumura Nuances the Millennial Pursuit for Purposeful Work in ‘There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job’
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jun 9th, 2022 12:23 am

There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job, Kikuko Tsumura’s latest novel, translated by Polly Barton, follows a nameless protagonist, who, in the wake of burnout from a job she’s worked at for 14 years, decides to quit. Her new mission is to find a job that “requires no reading, no writing, and ideally, very little thinking.” Throughout the course of the novel, spanning a time period of one year, our protagonist will traverse through five different jobs, each one as mundane and as odd as the next one...

Marie-Helene Bertino Steps Into a Surrealist Warp In New Novel ‘Parakeet’
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jul 14th, 2022 5:09 pm

Marie-Helene Bertino’s Parakeet is a vortex of symbolism and metaphors. Through the main character known solely as The Bride, we are taken into a world that is very much like our own but one that teeters into surrealism. When we first encounter The Bride, she’s engaging in conversation with a parakeet whom she understands to be her dead grandmother. She’s about to be married but is having some intense second thoughts. The pressure she feels, as her wedding day looms closer, begins to manifest in...