Under a Mantle of Stars
'Manuel Puig' first gained international recognition with his novel, 'Betrayed by Rita Hayworth,' and went on to further fame and critical acclaim with 'The Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Under a Mantle of Stars' is his first play written directly for the stage as well as the first to be published in English.
According to the 'New York Times,' Puig is 'one of the most consistently interesting . . . [authors] . . . to have emerged anywhere during the past ten years.' 'Newsweek' has said that Puig is 'both a funny writer and a tenderly elegiac one.' And the 'Washington Post' has commented that 'his mastery of plot, counterplot, the characters' scheming, his own, . . . lifts Puig into the circle of his peers,' such as Borges and Garcia Marquez.
'Ronald Christ's translation is an authentic and careful rendering of this original work. The English version clearly replicates Puig's idiosyncratic forms of speech, characterization, and stage direction. Christ has created a script that is highly theatrical, interesting, and playable in English. . . . ['Under a Mantle of Stars'] stands on its own merits . . . [it] leaves us asking for more Puig as playwright and more Ronald Christ as translator.'--Rodney Carl Reading, 'Latin American Theater Review'
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