Yann Martel, author of the best-seller and 2002 Booker Prize winner Life of Pi, has a new book coming out in April, Beatrice and Virgil.
The Life of Pi can be characterized, I suppose, as magic realism. Wikipedia, the world's most convenient authority for the desk-bound blogger,defines magic realism as "an aesthetic style in which magical elements or illogical scenarios appear in an otherwise realistic or even 'normal' setting." The Life of Pi is about an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, who, after being shipwrecked, spends 227 days in a lifeboat with a tiger named Robert Parker. It's an excellent book.
Martel's new work purportedly continues the magical, fable-like format found in Pi. According to the National Post, Martel's new book, Beatrice and Virgil, is about a man who is drawn into the world of a taxidermist and "'becomes entangled in the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey - named Beatrice and Virgil.'"
The Life of Pi was an amazing read. I look forward to checking into Beatrice and Virgil.