The Kugelmass Episode

by Woody Allen

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How does "The Kugelmass Episode" exemplify the genre of magical realism?

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Magical realism is a literary movement that blends realistic events with elements of the supernatural. In “The Kugelmass Episode,” Kugelmass is a typical guy who is bored with his life and looking for adventure and affection. The elements of realism in the story include his visit with his therapist, his interactions with his wife and his responses to the various situations in which he finds himself. Although the literary characters discussed in the story are fictional, the books themselves are real. However, the story becomes magical realism when the “magician” enters the storyline with his magical box. The idea of a character traveling into various literary settings to meet fictional characters ensures this story fits into the magical realism genre.

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