Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Real Spider Woman

The man who was "the spider woman" himself... Manuel Puig.

"Something a little strange, that's what you notice, that she's not a woman like all the others. She looks fairly young, twenty-five, maybe a little more, petite face, a little catlike, small turned-up nose. The shape of her face, it's... more roundish than oval, broad forehead, pronounced cheeks too but then they come down to a point, like with cats." Kiss of the spider woman, Chapter 1, page 1.

Manuel Puig (born Juan Manuel Puig Delledonne) (General Villegas, Argentina, December 28, 1932 - Cuernavaca, Mexico, July 22, 1990) was an Argentinian author. Among his best known novels are La traición de Rita Hayworth (1968) (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth), Boquitas pintadas (1969) (Heartbreak Tango), and El beso de la mujer araña (1976) (Kiss of the Spider Woman), which was made into a film by the Argentine-Brazilian director, Hector Babenco and in 1993 into a Broadway musical.

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