Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 126 pages

Jaime Manrique weaves into his own memoir the lives of three important twentieth-century Hispanic writers: the Argentine Manuel Puig, author of Kiss of the Spider Woman; the Cuban Reinaldo Arenas, author of Before Night Falls; and Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Manrique celebrates the lives of these heroic writers who were made outcasts for both their homosexuality and their politics.

"Manrique's double vision yields insights into Puig, Arenas, and Lorca unavailable to a writer less attuned to the complex interplay of culture and sexuality, as well as that of race and class in Latino and Anglo societies."—George DeStefano, The Nation


"A splendid memoir of Manuel Puig. It evokes him—how he really was—better than anything I've read."—Susan Sontag



"Where Manrique's tale differs from others is in its unabashed and sensitive treatment of sexuality. One reads his autobiographical account with pleasure and fascination."—Jose Quiroga, George Washington University



"Manrique's voice is wise, brave, and wholly original. This chronicle of self-discovery and literary encounters is heartening and deep."—Kennedy Fraser



"In this charmingly indiscreet memoir, Jaime Manrique writes with his customary humor and warm sympathy, engaging our delighted interest on every page. He has the rare gift of invoking and inviting intimacy, in this case a triangulated intimacy between himself, his readers, and his memories. These are rich double portraits."—Phillip Lopate

 

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Contents

Legs A Memoir of Childhood and Adolescence
3
Manuel Puig The Writer as Diva
39
The Last Days of Reinaldo Arenas A Sadness as Deep as the Sea
62
Federico Garcia Lorca and Internalized Homophobia
70
The Other Jaime Manrique A Dead Soul
103
Nowadays
112
Source Information
115
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About the author (1999)

Jaime Manrique is the author of the novels Twilight at the Equator, Latin Moon in Manhattan, and Colombian Gold, as well as poetry and short stories. Among his honors are Colombia’s National Poetry Award, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He is an associate professor in the MFA Program at Columbia.

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