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Magic Realism and Canadian Literature: Essays and Stories Proceedings of the Conference on Magic Realist Writing in Canada, University of Waterloo/Wi by Peter Hinchcliffe

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Published by University of Waterloo Press .
Written in English

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Number of Pages126
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Open LibraryOL8211995M
ISBN 100888980655
ISBN 109780888980656

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