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Feb 10Liked by Lincoln Michel

Nice list and the suggestions resonate with me: Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: I have that book and love it. As a matter of fact I love all of his books. His last novella is also a wonderful book that I cherish: "Memoria de mis putas tristes" = Memories of My Melancholy Whores. I absolutely adore that writer. "El coronel no tiene quien le escriba" = No One Writes to the Colonel is another novella of his that I love.

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Great list!

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Oh this is super! A couple more, leaning toward the horror side: Carmen Maria Machado's experimental memoir, In the Dream House, uses folk tale and fairy tale motifs to tell the story of her experience of domestic violence. Alison Rumfitt's Tell Me I'm Worthless is primarily an homage to The Haunting of Hill House, but she also riffs on Bluebeard and (maybe, imo) Hansel and Gretel. Both of these, I think, play with the universality of the fairy tale and the specificity of contemporary literary realism.

And lol I'm obviously not saying religion = fairy tale, but parables seem like they lend themselves well to the specific literary features you're highlighting, so I'd point people toward SY Agnon's The Parable and Its Lesson. This is a parable about the evils of talking during the reading of the Torah, that is also a horrifying and funny journey to the afterlife and a meditation on the role of the Jewish people and the Hebrew language in the life of G-d.

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