Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Baker & Taylor
In an Argentine prison, the growing friendship between a thirty-sevenyear-old homosexual, Molina, and a young Marxist, Valentin is threatened when police officials start pressuring Molina to spy against Valentin

Publisher: Knopf, 1979
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780394503660
Branch Call Number: PUI
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 22, 2012

The structure of this book is a little unusual and demands your constant attention or pretty soon you'll be hopelessly lost. So, not a great one if you're just looking to escape into a story. Still a very interesting book though. It's about the developing relationship between two inmates sharing a cell. One is in prison for rebelling against the government and the other for homosexuality. To pass the time, one man retells the plots of movies he saw before prison. I thought it was a really interesting dissection of the different dimensions of masculinity and what it means to be a man. At first, the footnotes seem kind of random and intrusive, but after a while I could see how they related to the main story.


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