Manuel Puig was born in Argentina. He studied film directing at the Cinecitta studios in Rome in the late 1950’s, working as an assistant director to the likes of Kay Kendall and Vittorio de Sica. He left Rome for New York, and wrote his first novel whilst working ad a clerk for Air France at Kennedy Airport. From 1967 until Peron’s return in 1973, Puig lived in Argentina. He then lived in exile in Brazil until his death in 1990. Novels include BETRAYED BY RITA HAYWORTH, HEARTBREAK TANGO and PUBIS ANGELICAL, and plays include THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE MYSTERY OF THE ROSE BOUQUET.