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McOndo is a literary movement, founded in Chile, which seeks to move away from Magic Realism. The name comes from a play on Macondo, setting of the prototype magic realism novel, Gabriel García MárquezCien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years Of Solitude), and towards what the founder of the movement, Albert Fuguet, called, in his article I am not a magic realist!, a world of McDonald’s, Macintoshes and condos. Their writing is typified by realism, dealing with both contemporary setting and contemporary issues, such as crime, drugs, sex and poverty, references to popular culture, and peopled by ordinary people, rather than men in ponchos and sombreros, gun-toting drug lords and sensual salsa-swinging señoritas. They felt that North Americans and Europeans have stereotyped Latin American writers into a Magic Realism trap and that it did not reflect the daily reality of Latin Americans. McOndo writers, as well as Fuguet, include Rodrigo Fresán, Jaime Bayly and Edmundo Paz Soldán.

Books on McOndo

Alberto Fuguet; Sergio Gómez (editors): McOndo
Diana Palaversich: De Macondo a McOndo

Other links

The McOndo Movement
I am not a magic realist! (article by Fuguet)
Taking ‘magic’ out of magic realism
New Era Succeeds Years of Solitude
100 years of solitude — on crack (review of Jorge Franco’s Rosario Tijeras but also about McOndo)
¿novelas McOndo? -Giving up the ghosts (in Spanish)
Introduction to the McOndo anthology (in Spanish)
El escritor, McOndo y la tradición (in Spanish)
De Macondo a McOndo a macon.doc (in Spanish)