Puig, Manuel

Puig, Manuel mänwĕl´ pwēg [key], 1932–90, Argentine novelist. He is considered one of Latin America's most creative writers, and his writing reflects the myths and realities of contemporary Argentine life. His fiction, including Betrayed by Rita Hayworth (1968 tr. 1971), Heartbreak Tango: A Serial (1969 tr. 1973), The Buenos Aires Affair (1973 tr. 1976), Pubis Angelical (1979 tr. 1986), Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages (1981 tr. 1982), Blood of Requited Love (1982 tr. 1984), and Tropical Night Falling (1989 tr. 1991), was influenced by the detective novel, and, most of all, the plots, stars, and techniques of popular films. He is best known for the novel Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976 tr. 1979), which was adapted as a film (1985) and a Broadway musical (1993).

See critical biography by S. J. Levine (2000) studies by P. Bacarisse (1988), N. Lavers (1988), and L. Kerr (1987).

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