chapter  Chapter Two
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The Natural versus the Supernatural

ByAmaryll Beatrice Chanady

In the case of magical realism, the narrative voice may be that of a highly educated and rational person, in spite of the fact that the narrator describes the supernatural events as if they were real. The description of a supernatural event as normal eliminates the antinomy between the real and the supernatural on the level of the text, and therefore also resolves it on the level of the implied reader. Although magical realism was considered by Asturias to be the fusion of reality and imagination by the primitive Indian population, it was in fact a particular way of writing for an author who obviously did not believe in supernatural phenomena. The supernatural exists neither for the implied author, who can explain everything rationally, nor for the negroes, who consider what we call supernatural as normal. The supernatural events described in a magico-realist narrative belong to an ideological code in which they are not perceived as supernatural.