Manuel Puig

ARGENTINA, 1932-1990

Manuel Puig created a unique body of work out of Hollywood films, conversations with neighbours and a judicious combination of realism and melodrama. After the appearance of his early novels he had a string of successes, which opened up the worlds of cinema and theatre and brought him international prestige. His most celebrated novel The Kiss of the Spider Woman is still capable of taking readers by surprise with its blend of pink camp and film noir, police reports, prison dialogue and scientific writing in the service of a gripping plot with an enigmatic ending. Heartbreak Tango is the story of a small provincial town with its romances and secret passions, on which prey the stereotypes of the soap opera. Betrayed by Rita Hayworth is an essential novel in Latin American narrative. It is made up of personal letters and diaries, almost traditional dialogue and internal monologue that, with a dazzling mastery of colloquial language, tell the semiautobiographical story of a child whose only refuge in this town in the Argentinian Pampas is the cinema.

"It is his mastery of plot and counter-plot and the intrigues 

-those of his characters and his own- that elevate Puig

to the level of his peers (Borges and García Marquez)."

WASHINGTON POST

 

"The brilliantly inventive Argentinian novelist."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

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By Manuel Puig

  • Dear Family (Volum one: European letters. Volume two: American letters)

    LETTERS, 2006

    In 1956, at twenty-three, Manuel Puig leaves the port city of Buenos Aires for a scholarship at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. During the six years of this intense European...

  • Greta Garbo's eyes

    NOVEL, 1993

    An old Italian emigrant in Argentina dreams of the masterpieces of neorealist cinema. The same character, after receiving a letter, seeks out his identity among the ruins of post-war Europe,...

  • The Death Rattle of a Decade, New York, ‘78

    SHORT STORIES, 1993

    The Death Rattle of a Decade, New York, ’78 is a book that needs to be discovered. On the one hand, the stories within it make for an incredibly fascinating volume; and on the other...

  • Tropical Nigth Falling

    NOVELA, 1988

    In the twilight of their lives, two sisters remember their past and discuss the love affairs of a younger neighbour whose character grows and becomes more defined through their stories....

  • Blood of Requited Love

    NOVEL, 1982

    A story of adolescent love plays out in the vivid, vast setting of Rio – a storm of precocious, indecent passion – and a remote village in the Brazilian countryside. Seen from a...

  • Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages

    NOVEL, 1980

    This novel brings Manuel Puig’s fiction to unexpected places. Here, we are presented with the bitter, destructive encounter of two forms of New York solitude: a sick Argentinian and his...

  • Pubis angelical

    NOVEL, 1979

    Pubis Angelical tells one story folded into two parallel planes in time, each told by different areas of the protagonist’s mind. In the real world, it tells the tale of a sick woman in a...

  • Kiss of the Spider Woman

    NOVEL, 1976

    During the military dictatorship in Argentina, a political militant and a homosexual share a Buenos Aires prison cell. Trying to ease the continuous fear and solitude of their incarceration, the...

  • The Buenos Aires Affair

    NOVEL, 1973

    The Buenos Aires Affair tells the tale of the final days of Leo Druscovich. Between 1930 and 1969, a coup and a popular uprising in Cordoba provide the background for a story about the enigma of...

  • Heartbreak Tango

    NOVEL, 1969

    This text takes us back into Argentine history, the sordid underworld of romantic novels seen with unflinching objectivity through a parody of journalistic language, ferociously impassive...

  • Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

    NOVEL, 1968.

    A dusty town in the Argentine pampas, 1939. A timid boy who feels different from all the others finds refuge in the cinema. Between showings, Toto uses his family and neighbours as shields to...

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