| 3.4/5 |
| 308 (1997 St. Martin's Press translation)|
Planeta Group (1992), St. Martin's Press (1997 English translation)
Alberto Fuguet books, Novels
Mala onda Wikipedia
Mala onda (English: Bad Vibes) is a Chilean bildungsroman novel and social commentary by Alberto Fuguet. It is also Fuguet's debut novel, first published in 1991.
Mala onda is set in Chile during a ten-day period in September, 1980, around the time of the Chilean constitutional referendum. The protagonist is Matías Vicuña, a maladjusted, upper class, 17-year-old boy who is jaded and frustrated by what he perceives as the folly and blandness of his family and peers. Matías lives a loveless, meaningless life, and indulges in sex, drugs, alcohol, and rock music.
The novel examines the Chilean emulation of American consumerism and pop culture, in the context of a growing opposition to the dictatorial rule of Augusto Pinochet in Chile.