Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions

Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions

by Suzanne Jill Levine
     
 

This is the first biography, now available in paperback, of Manuel Puig (1932-1990), Argentinian author of Kiss of the Spider Woman and pioneer of high camp. Suzanne Jill Levine, his principal English translator, draws upon years of friendship as well as copious research and interviews
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This is the first biography, now available in paperback, of Manuel Puig (1932-1990), Argentinian author of Kiss of the Spider Woman and pioneer of high camp. Suzanne Jill Levine, his principal English translator, draws upon years of friendship as well as copious research and interviews

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This excellent biography is not only Levine's best work but also Puig's lasting triumph."—G. Cabrera Infante, Los Angeles Times

"A splendid job of delineating Puig’s cultural influences—from novelist Julian Green to Freud and Hitchcock—and his political revulsion against Hitler and Juan Perón."—Publishers Weekly

"Puig was a man of the movies, or perhaps of visual images and fantasy, who found himself shipwrecked in literature almost by default."—Mario Vargas Llosa, New York Times Book Review

G. Cabrera Infante
This excellent biography is not only Levine's best work but also Puig's lasting triumph. —Los Angeles Times
Mario Vargas Llosa
This fascinating book is indispensable for anyone interested in Puig's work and in the close connection between film and literature....A book in which rigor and readability walk arm in arm.
New York Times Book Review
Choice
This is the book that Puig fans have been waiting for, written in a personal, get-to-the-bottom-of-it-style by one of his early supporters and translators in the U.S....With this volume Levine has capped two careers, her subject's and her own. The reader ends this fond biography marveling at how unbookish and relentlessly campy this seismic force (a 1982 nominee for the Nobel Prize) in contemporary Latin American fiction was, and remembering how much he is missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299175740
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
09/29/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Jill Levine is a professor of Latin American literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a noted translator of contemporary Latin American literature. A PEN Award recipient, she is the author of several books, including The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction.

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