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5 books to approach the work of Manuel Puig

Manuel Puig was one of the most important contemporary writers in Argentina, a prestige that would also give him a prominent place in Hispanic American literature.

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Born in the Province of Buenos Aires, in General Villegas, a town that would become the stage of his first novels, under the name of Coronel Vallejos , Manuel Puig was one of the most important contemporary writers in Argentina, a prestige that would also give him a prominent place in Hispano-American literature. His works are based on the bonds that are woven in society , the absence of the third person, a strong dramatic tone and are written in a colloquial and easy-to-understand language. Some would also say that they are of a very cinematic language, and this may be because their first approach to the creative world was through films. He worked in various films as assistant director , both in Italy and Argentina, and was also characterized by the defense of sexual and political freedom. He began writing a script, and on the second day he realized that he was writing a novel. From that moment on, he published 8 literary works and 4 theatrical works. During the last Argentine military dictatorship, he went into exile in Mexico to never return; in that country he would find his death on July 22, 1990, in the city of Cuernavaca.

His legacy is alive in libraries, with personal literary universes and a sensitivity to describe human behavior in his own style: that of Manuel Puig.

 RITA HAYWORTH'S BETRAYAL (1968) 
It was her first novel and tells the story of a middle-class family living in a village in La Pampa in the 1940s. The landscape of La Pampa, which is actually the absence of any landscape, is a blank screen where everyone projects the fantasies they want. There a boy who can't accept reality because he feels hostile changes the terms and takes fiction as reality, whether it's film fiction or the one that dictates his own imagination.

 BOQUITAS PINTADAS (1969) 
The action of this second novel takes place between 1935 and 1960, and the author assures that the characters are immersed in “a Gardelian atmosphere”: he talks about a man's relationship with three women. The work is told through direct dialogues, letters, intimate diaries, dossiers and publications, with a minimum of conventional narrative. It was taken to the cinema by Argentine director Leopoldo Torre Nilsson in 1974.

 EL KISS DE LA MUJER SPIDER (1976) 
Forbidden by the military dictatorship, this novel tells the story of two prisoners living together in the same cell, one political and the other homosexual. It was included in the list of the top 100 Spanish novels of the 20th century in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, due to the revolutionary spirit for the time. In 1985, it was taken to the cinema by director Héctor Babenco.

 PUBIS ANGELICAL (1979) 
First was the novel, which tells the story of Ana, a sick woman in a clinic and, through her love life, refers to Argentine life in the 1960s and 1970s. It is one of the first mentions of literature to the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.In 1982, the film by Raúl de la Torre starring Pepe Soriano, Graciela Borges and Alfredo Alcón was released. In addition, the soundtrack was in charge of Charly Garcia.

 SANGRE DE AMOR CORRESPONDIDIDO (1982) 
It was the first of the latest novels in Brazil -where he lived in 1980- takes place in Cocotá, a small town in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Once again Puig talks about the role of women in society and the vicissitudes to which they are exposed. The novel tells the story of Maria da Gloria, who is 15 years old, is a virgin, and integrates an Italian family, with everything that can mean with regard to the deep link that is established between the family honor and the sexual behavior of each of the women in the house. It is considered the work written by the author's most difficult to read.

Source: Cultura.gob.ar 

Publication Date: 22/07/2019

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