Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

Manuel Puig

NOVEL. EDITORIAL JORGE ÁLVAREZ, 1968. 325 PAGES.

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 protect him from reality: Teté (a little girl scared that she’s not praying hard enough to stop her from mother dying), Héctor (the seductive cousin who abandons his conquests out of a fear of abandonment), Paqui (a playmate who already has a mortal sin on his head at twelve years old), Choli (a widow who wants to embark upon a new stage of refinement and independence in her life), and Delia (a woman seduced and abandoned with a hankering for make-up). And looming over all of them is the silvery apparition of the legendary Rita Hayworth, whose treacherous beauty threatens unwary worshippers. 

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