Who was the first magic realist writer?
Franz Kafka, born in Prague in 1883, is usually stated to be the literary genre founder of magic realism. The first book which may come under the genre of magical realism, though it was written in 1915, before the term came into use, was Die Verwandlung, also know as The Metamorphisis.
Rudy De Reyna has written: 'Magic Realist Watercolor Painting' -- subject- s -: Magic realism - Art -, Technique, Watercolor painting 'Realist techniques in water media' -- subject- s -: Technique, Watercolor painting 'Magic realist painting techniques' -- subject- s -: Magic realism - Art -, Painting, Technique
As a movement in art Realism runs from 1845 to 1880. Characteristics that determine a Realist style can become confusing, such as Edgar Degas who was a Realist painter who created works that can not be termed Realist. Generally speaking a Realist work gives the illusion of reality and is 'truthfully' painted.
Yes. The definition of "quintessence" means the purest example or embodiment of something, quintessential being the adjective form of the word. Magic realism is "an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality," (Wikipedia, Magic realism). Therefore, the sentence implies that the novel is a perfect example of said writing style.