Eternal curse on the reader of these pages

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Random House, 1982 - Fiction - 232 pages
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When Ramirez, an Argentinian exile and invalid in his seventies, who is confined to a wheelchair and unable to feel emotions, hires Larry, a young, down-on-his-luck American, a curious, multi-layered relationship develops

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User Review  - Adryan Glasgow - Goodreads

If you're interested in the ethics of alterity, this book is a fascinating read. One of the characters is far too infatuated with Freud, which can be a bit distracting, but the core story is one of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

A novel written almost entirely as a dialogue; I was impressed with how evocative this technique can be. A while back I decided to compile a list of my favorite books, with one title from each letter ... Read full review


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About the author (1982)

Author Manuel Puig was born in General Villegas, Argentina on December 28, 1932. He was fascinated by the variety and richness, and at the same time, by the stultifying effects of pop culture. Most of his novels are technically parodies of some form of pop art while they portray the spiritual emptiness of the characters who are affected by these forms. 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. Puig, who always rejected the category of "homosexual writer," may nevertheless be Latin America's best example of a contemporary gay sensibility in his generally countercultural artistic stance. He died of a heart attack on July 22, 1990.

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