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Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460193

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.001.0001

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Magically Flying With Toni Morrison

Magically Flying With Toni Morrison

Mexico, Gabriel García Márquez, Song of Solomon, and Sula

(p.144) Magically Flying With Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison

Davíd Carrasco

University Press of Mississippi

In this essay Davíd Carrasco wants to reflect on two religious dimensions in Morrison’s language of catching, of doing and of togetherness. He presents a hybrid essay mixing fragments from journals with interpretations of magical flight in her novel Song of Solomon and sacred place in her novel Sula. Morrison and García Márquez first met in 1996 at the home of Carlos Fuentes and returned to Mexico again in 2005 for a second Mexico meeting with the Colombian novelist. Morrison has discussed the various ways the sacred appears in her writings—1) traditional Christian ritual and symbols, 2) African influenced themes and characters, and 3) what Morrison calls “Strange Stuff. The themes of magical flight and sacred place link literary strategies both writers use in their novels (One Hundred Years of Solitude and Song of Solomon and Sula). (138 words)

Keywords:   flight, sacred space, Song of Solomon, Sula, Gabriel García Márquez

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