Mala onda

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Bad Vibes
Author Alberto Fuguet
Original title Mala onda
Translator Kristina Cordero
Country Chile
Language Spanish
Genre Bildungsroman
Publisher Planeta (1992)
St. Martin's Press (1997 English translation)
Publication date
November 1991
Published in English
April 1997
Media type Print
Pages 308 (1997 St. Martin's Press translation)
ISBN 978-0-312-15059-4
OCLC 35657888
863.20
LC Class PQ8098.16.U48 M313 1997
Followed by Tinta roja


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.

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