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 films 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: Mauel Puig was born in 1932 in a small town in the Argentinian 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, where 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 Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP10426200
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94526580
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
Book Description New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979., 1979. Book Condition: Very good. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. 1979. Very good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. The cloth is lightly rubbed & there is some light soiling & a small stain to the rear panel of the dust jacket. Half-title, title & 281 pages plus colophon. There is light soiling to the front edges of a few pages. Very good. First American edition. Translated from the Spanish by Thomas Colchie. Bookseller Inventory # 26108
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979. Amerikanische EA, 8°, Halblwd. m. OSU., 281 S. - gutes Exemplar / First editon. Good copy. Buch. Bookseller Inventory # 005880
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. 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, N.Y., 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Protected jacket and covers in near fine shape, price intact, binding straight, pages clean and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 009193
Book Description Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First American Edition. First American edition hard cover with dust jacket, NF/VG. Prior owner's signature neatly inked on front pastedown under jacket flap. Otherwise unmarked, crisp, square copy showing only slight use and handling. Jacket is rubbed at extremes, price-clipped and has a tiny v-chip to top of rear panel. New mylar cover. Basis for the movie starring William Hurt and Raoul Julia. Banned in Argentina, this book remains one of Puig's best known and most mesmerizing. Translated into English by Thomas Colchie. 281pp. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 15286
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979. Cloth/boards HB. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. First American Edition. The stories of two cellmates in an Argentine prison, their growing friendship becomes threatened as prison officials try to enlist one to betry the other. The white portions of the DJ show a bit of age darkening and very slight wear to the edges. Still collectible condition. Bookseller Inventory # 001123