Fuguet Review

The Seattle PI calls Alberto Fuguet Chile’s literary Eminem, in its review of The Movies of My Life. The book has a clever structure:

an inspired plot device — a young man’s adolescence recounted with reflections prompted by the 50 films that had the most impact on him, each film introduced with its director, stars, running time, plus date and place of viewing.

But Fuguet makes a conscious effort to stay away from what he calls McOndo, a reference to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s fictional Macondo and, by extension, Magical Realism. The article goes on about the young, hip, and talented Fuguet, but mercifully doesn’t tell us that he’s as photogenic as a model, as with Lahiri.