Typically, readers of magical realist fiction must look beyond the realistic detail and accept the dual ontological structure of the text, in which the natural and the supernatural, the explainable and the miraculous, coexist side by side in a kaleidoscopic reality, whose apparently random angles are deliberately left to the audience's discretion. In the context of trauma both as a historical and as a cultural condition, Debord's social analysis acquires a special significance; it comes to underscore a general crisis in remembering our past as well as in representing our very perception of time: "The spectacle, being the reigning social organization of a paralyzed history, of a paralyzed memory, of an abandonment of any history founded in historical time, is in effect a false consciousness of time" (114, emphasis original).
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