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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (August 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816635366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816635368
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Novel by Manuel Puig, written in English and then translated by the author as Maldicion eterna a quien lea estas paginas (1980). With the exception of the letters that form the epilogue, the novel consists entirely of dialogue between two men in New York City--an elderly Argentine invalid and the young American who cares for him. Their relationship is revealed through a dense, sometimes confusing narrative that blends reality and fantasy. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By AH-SAN WONG on July 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Don't be scared of the title. You won't be cursed.
Almost the entire book consists of conversations betweent two men, Ramirez and Larry, taken place in New York City. Ramirez is a 74-year old man from Argentina who has lost most of his memory and is now in a wheelchair. Larry is a 36-year old guy (with a Ph.D. in history but now is jobless) who is paid to push Ramirez around three times a week. Following their conversation, the readers will figure out the identities of these two people, their personalities, their past, their dreams, their regrets, their views on life, work, politics, love, sex, etc., as well as what is happening to/around them at that time.
This is my first Puig's book. I picked it because of the sinister title. This book shows that Puig has a creative way to construct the plot and a deep understanding of human minds. Very often I stop and smile at the dialogue, because I am reminded of the real way that people talk: sometimes inefficient and frustrating.
My friend recommends all his other books, incudling Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Buenos Aries Affair. This book is good enough for me to go on reading his other ones. That's all I have to say about this book.
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