Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Vintage Books, 1980 - Fiction - 281 pages
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Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always - especially now - in danger of betrayal. But in cell, each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before.

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Exquisite writing, painful, wonderful story. - Goodreads
A wonderful love story, told in such a unique way - Goodreads
Manuel Puig is my new favourite writer, basically. - Goodreads
A love story between two men in prison. - Goodreads
Yet another from the "Intro to World Novels" class. - Goodreads
writing experiment on every page - Goodreads

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User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

Loved it! Weaves in political issues with heartwarming narration and characters. Read full review

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A superb example of how dialogue can make or break the story. Read full review

About the author (1980)

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.

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