1st Printing. Signed. 281 pages. Published in 1979. The author's fourth novel to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Manuel Puig's "El Beso de la Mujer Arana" in a felicitous English translation. Puig's often playful juxtaposition of the aesthetic and ethical worldviews shows that despite their apparent collision and dis-connectedness, they are not only related but of equal importance. A lifelong aesthete who paid dearly for the choices (driven by sexual and emotional desire) that he made in life, Puig is one of a handful of Latin-American writers of the late-twentieth century who will endure. Manuel Puig's reputation is secure, and his place in world literature canonical: "Kiss of The Spider Woman" was the basis of the great film by Hector Babenco, with William Hurt in an Academy Award-winning performance. It was later adapted into a highly successful Broadway musical. "The Buenos Aires Affair" was the basis of the great film, "Happy Together", by Wong Kar-Wai. "Pubis Angelical" was adapted for the stage in London and New York to enormous critical acclaim. Manuel Puig died of AIDS in 1990, just a few years after he finally achieved the international acclaim he so richly deserved and craved. According to Roberto Bolano, whose critical acumen is trustworthy, this novel is a masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Manuel Puig collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the half-title page by Manuel Puig. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. He also underlined his signature for emphasis. It is the single most beautiful signature we have ever seen: Bold, big, and elegant. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. During his very brief lifetime, cut short by fatal illness, Puig signed very few copies of his books. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MANUEL PUIG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 039450366X. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always - especially now - in danger of betrayal. But in cell 7 each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before.
About the Author: Manuel Puig was born in 1932 in a small town in the Argentine pampas. He studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, and in 1956 won a scholarship from the Italian Institute in Buenos Aires and chose to pursue studies in film direction at the Cinecitta in Rome. There he worked in films until 1962, when he began to write his first novel. Exiled from Argentina, he settled in New York City in 1963. Puig's novels - Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, Heartbreak Tango, The Buenos Aires Affair, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages - have been translated into fourteen languages and secured his international reputation. He died in July 1990.
Title: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN - Rare Fine Copy of...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G039450366XI3N00
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2754982062
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2782170696
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Book Condition: Very Good. A bright, square, and overall a nice copy All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Before placing your order for please contact us for confirmation on the book's binding. Check out our other listings to add to your order for discounted shipping. Bookseller Inventory # WAL-M-3h-000317
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Book Condition: Good. A sound copy with only light wear. Overall a solid copy at a great price! All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Before placing your order for please contact us for confirmation on the book's binding. Check out our other listings to add to your order for discounted shipping. Bookseller Inventory # BOS-F-04d-00523
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG039450366X
Book Description Knopf, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First American Edition stated. price-clipped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 4017
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition stated. 6 x 8 1/2 Book; binding tight, slight toning to very top and bottom of boards else boards straight and clean; text fine, free of marks, appears unread. Dust jacket ($8.95) has minor bumping and chipping to spine bottom else fine. Color bright and sharp. Under archival quality mylar cover. Photos upon request. Packed well and shipped in a sturdy box. Bookseller Inventory # 031815WSL#1