Magical realism, a style beloved by some and loathed by others, continues to dominate many people's perception of what Latin American literature is all about. For an interesting response to this situation from the perspective of a non-magic realist Lat Am writer, make sure you check out Alberto Fuguet's amusing "I am not a magic realist!" (written in good old-fashioned English) here. P.S. While this post saves me the trouble of writing up an actual review of it tonight, I'll be scribbling something about José Donoso's entertaining Historia personal del "boom" sometime soon. Great book!