Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig

"Heartbreak Tango" is a tragicomedy that explores the intertwined lives of the inhabitants of a small town in Argentina. The narrative revolves around the life and death of a charismatic but flawed young man, Juan Carlos, who has relationships with multiple women, each of whom remember him differently. The story is told through a series of letters, diary entries, police reports, and gossip, presenting a multifaceted view of Juan Carlos and the impact he had on those around him. The novel also critiques the shallowness and hypocrisy of society, particularly in its treatment of women.

The 2472nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 144

Since this book was first published in 1969, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 144.0.

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