Today is the birthday of Argentine author Manuel Puig who was born in a small village in 1932 (d: 22 July, 1990)
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.
10) Puig died in a Mexico City hospital suffering a heart attack after a gallbladder surgery.
Zohar – Man of la Book