Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 3, 1991 - 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
Simple character development or is - Goodreads
A love story between two men in prison. - Goodreads
Manuel Puig is my new favourite writer, basically. - Goodreads
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Yet another from the "Intro to World Novels" class. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rebecca McNutt - Goodreads

Better than I thought it'd be, very creepy and original. It wasn't the most memorable book in the world, though. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I wanted to like this more than I did. The format was fascinating, especially the relation of the various films from Molina, and the way those films mirrored his own life and experiences. I just wasn ... Read full review

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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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