Molara Wood, in conversation with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Parrésia Publishers

Molara Wood, author of Indigo (Parrésia Books 2013), was recently interviewed in the Sunday Trust newspaper by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Abubakar’s The a Whispering Trees was published in 2012 by Parrésia Books.


Molara Wood: ‘Magical Realism has a past, a present and a future in literature. The great Latin American authors, especially Alejo Carpentier who first articulated the concept of “lo real maravilloso” (the marvellous real), saw Magical Realism as an expression of the reality of their world, where life was and remains magically real. They were writing about New World societies that had a lot of African influences through slavery for example, in their language, myths, ways of seeing, religious beliefs and so on. So I’m saying of course that Africa is the original “lo real maravilloso”.

Look at newspaper pages and tell me whether some things reported even in this day and age are not magically real. You…

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