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Title:
Kiss of the spider woman
Author:
Puig, Manuel.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Beso de la mujer araña. English
Edition:
First Vintage International edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1991.

©1979
Physical Description:
281 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Translation of: El beso de la mujer araña.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780679724490
Format :
Book

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Summary

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a graceful, intensely compelling novel about love and victimization. In an Argentine prison, two men share a cell: Molina, a gay window dresser who is self-centered, self-denigrating, yet charming as well; and Valentin, an articulate, fiercely dogmatic revolutionary haunted by memories of a woman he left for the cause. Both are gradually transformed by their guarded but growing friendship and by Molina's obsession with the fantasy and romance of the movies.


Author Notes

Author Manuel Puig was born in General Villegas, Argentina on December 28, 1932. Betrayed by Rita Hayworth (1968) is an innovative novel narrating through a variety of techniques the story of a young Argentine boy who lives vicariously through the movies. Puig uses the phenomenon of compulsive movie-going as a symbol for alienation and escape from reality. Heartbreak Tango (1969) evokes the spiritual emptiness of the Argentine provincial life in the 1930s and the vulgarity of popular music and the soap opera.

His best known work, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1979), was adapted as a film in 1985 and as a Broadway musical in 1993. He died of a heart attack on July 22, 1990.

(Bowker Author Biography)