Fun Facts Friday: Manuel Puig

December 28, 2012

Today is the birthday of Argentine author Manuel Puig who was born in a small village in 1932 (d: 22 July, 1990)

Fun Facts Friday Manuel Puig

Books by Manuel Puig

1 ) Puig loved American pop-culture.

2 ) After graduating from the University of Buenos Aires, Puig wanted to become a screenwriter

3 ) Puig became a novelist once he re-wrote his failed screenplay into a novel.

4 ) That same book, Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, shocked the argentine establishment and was burned in Puig’s hometown of General Villegas.

5 ) Puig took on the popular Argentine serial novels with his next book Heartbreak Tango.

6 ) Puig, a gay man, was sent to prison for soliciting an undercover police officer. After his release, Puig went into a self-imposed exile.

7) Today Argentinean literature students learn that Puig belongs to the belongs to the Postboom and Post-modernist schools.

8 ) His book Kiss of the Spider Woman (El beso de la mujer araña) was made into a movie by the Argentine-Brazilian director, Héctor Babenco starring William Hurt and Raul Julia. The book was a Broadway musical as well.

9 ) In the movie Verde Tropical Puig is played by Fabio Aste.

10) Puig died in a Mexico City hospital suffering a heart attack after a gallbladder surgery.

Books by Manuel Puig

Zohar – Man of la Book

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