Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Spanish: El beso de la mujer araña) is a 1976 novel by Argentine writer Manuel Puig. It depicts the daily conversations between two cellmates in an Argentine prison, Molina and Valentín, and the intimate bond they form in the process. It is generally considered Puig's most successful work.The novel's form is unusual in that there is no traditional narrative voice, one of the primary features of fiction. It is written in large part as dialogue, without any indication of who is speaking, except for a dash (-) to show a change of speaker. There are also significant portions of stream-of-consciousness writing. What is not written as dialogue or stream-of-consciousness is written as meta-fictional government documentation. The conversations between the characters, when not focused on the moment at hand, are recountings of films that Molina has seen, which act as a form of escape from their environment. Thus there are a main plot, several subplots, and five additional stories that comprise the novel. Puig adapted the novel into a stage play in 1983, with an English translation by Allan Baker. It was also made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1985 and a Broadway musical in 1993.

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KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN Paperback 15767360 $14.99 1991
Kiss of the Spider Woman Paperback 146978 $8.16 $1.38 1991
[El Beso De La Mujer Arana/ the Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Novela (Booket Numbered)) (Spanish Edition)] [By: Puig, Manuel] [March, 2006] Paperback 9830529 $20.92 2006
Kiss of the Spider Woman (French's Musical Library) Paperback 832262 $10.95 $1.94 2011
Approaches to Teaching Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman (Approaches to Teaching World Literature) Paperback 2544581 $5.24 $8.99 2007
Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical Sheet music 2554559 $7.98 $7.98 2004
Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Screenplay Paperback 3791874 $19.95 $4.48 1988
El beso de la mujer arana/Kiss of the Spider Woman (Spanish Edition) Paperback 5833745 $60.75 $3.00 2003
El mito del guerrillero: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) de Héctor Babenco (Spanish Edition) Paperback 8324025 $9.50 $28.51 2013
Kiss of the Spider Woman Hardcover 2618951 $85.40 $13.35 1979
Kiss of the Spider Woman (the play) Paperback 3314468 $47.92
Kiss of the Spider Woman (the play) Mass Market Paperback 5137788 $17.76
The Kiss of the Spider Woman Kindle Edition 1630760 2011
Approaches to Teaching Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman (Approaches to Teaching World Literature) Hardcover 12593865 $37.50 $66.84 2007
El Beso de la Mujer Arana (Spanish Edition) Paperback 92174 $8.97 $1.98 1994
El beso de la mujer araña (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 567359 2012
Kiss of the Spider Woman Paperback 5635129 $4.00 $0.01 1980
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Vocal Selections): Piano/Vocal/Chords Paperback 5634864 $57.35 $29.95 1998
Kiss of the Spider Woman Paperback 5765796 $17.76 $3.76 1984
El Beso De La Mujer Arana / Kiss of the Spider Woman (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3673629 $77.95 $2.50 1994
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arena Books) Paperback 5870133 $2.99 $1.08 2006
Kiss of the Spider Woman and Two Other Plays Paperback 695422 $8.44 $2.06 1994