Latin America: Plays

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PAJ Publications, 1986 - English drama - 186 pages
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Contents: Manuel Puig, The Kiss of the Spider Woman ň Antonio Skármeta, Burning Patience ň Mario Vargas Llosa, Kathie and the Hippopotamus ň Carlos Fuentes, Orchids in the Moonlight

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
BURNING PATIENCE
63
KATHIE AND THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
93
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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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