This question of magical realism is an interesting one because part of what I have found talking with survivors of war - as I have in Peru and Colombia - is that for people who have gone through these experiences, the line between the real and the surreal is very porous… when they talk what it’s like to see someone pick up a chainsaw and slowly cut someone up, is that any more surreal than imagining whatever we might imagine? How do you make sense of that if you’re someone who has lived through it and seen that? There is a hallucinatory reality for many survivors. They have seen things that have caused them to recalibrate their own sense of belief and disbelief. Part of what I think about magical realism and why it captures that is that it invites us to live in that hallucinatory space.
Kimberly Theidon, The Milk of Sorrow : a theory on violence of memory (via c-360)
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