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Puig, Manuel (1932-1990).

novelist. Born in Argentina, Puig studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and film in Italy. Puig fled the dictatorship of Juan Person in 1973 and afterward lived in Mexico and New York City. His work details the influences of mass culture. El beso de la mujer arana (1976, tr. The Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1979), his best-known work, consists of conversations between men sharing a prison cell. Molina, a middle-class homosexual, retells the plots of films he has seen to the political prisoner Valentin. Initially hostile, their mutual dependence leads to an emotional and sexual bonding. It was made into a film and, like Puig's other books, is banned in his native country. A failed screenplay was the basis for La traicion de Rita Hayworth (1968, tr. Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, 1971). Among his other titles are Boquitas pintadas (1969, tr. Heartbreak Tango, 1973); Publis Angelical (1979, tr. 1986); Maldicion eterna a quien lea estas paginas (1980, tr. Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages, 1982); and Sangre de amor correspondido (1984, tr. Blood of Requited Love, 1984).

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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