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Manuel Puig (born Juan Manuel Puig Delledonne) was an Argentine author. Among his best known novels are La traicion de Rita Hayworth (1968) (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth), Boquitas pintadas (1969) (Little Painted Lips), and El beso de la mujer arana (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.
Manuel Puig was born in General Villegas (in Buenos Aires province). After unsuccessfully studying architecture in the Universidad de Buenos Aires, he began working as a film archivist and editor in the city of Buenos Aires and later, in Italy after winning a scholarship from the Italian Institute of Buenos Aires. Puig's dream was to become a screenwriter to write TV shows and movies. His career as a screenwriter never took off, however. In the 1960s, he moved back to Buenos Aires, where he penned his first major novel, La traicion de Rita Hayworth. Because he had leftist political tendencies and also foresaw a rightist wave in Argentina, Puig moved to Mexico in 1973, where he wrote his later works (including El beso de la mujer arana).
Much of Puig's work can be seen as pop art. Perhaps due to his work in film and television, Puig managed to create a writing style that incorporated elements of these mediums, such as montage and the use of multiple points of view. He also made much use of popular culture in his works. In Latin American literary histories, he is presented as a writer who belongs to the Postboom and Post-modernist schools.
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