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House of Mist stands as one of the first South American novels written in the style that was later called magical realism. Of this story of a young bride struggling with her marriage to an aloof landownerand the mysteries surrounding their life togetherin a house deep in the lush Chilean woods, Penelope Mesic wrote in the Chicago Tribune that Bombal showed bold disregard for simple realism in favor of a heightened reality in which the external world reflects the internal truth of the characters' feeling . . . mingling . . . fantasy, memory and event.
One of the most outstanding representations of the avant-garde in Latin America. -Women Writers of Spanish America