Betrayed by Rita Hayworth
Literary critic Jean Franco writes that the book "was a revelation when it appeared, exploding once and for all the simplistic notions of American cultural imperialism." The book features what would become Puig's customary interests in mass culture, particularly Hollywood film. As Franco observes, "Set in a small provincial town in Buenos Aires province, the novel traces the intense affective relationship between Toto and his mother and friends, a relationship in which Hollywood films such as Blood and Sand and The Great Waltz provide somewhat bizarre models for an affective life which is not satisfied either by religion or the state."
- Betrayed by Rita Hayworth. Translator Suzanne Jill Levine. Dalkey Archive Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-56478-530-5.
- Franco 1994, p. 340
- Franco, Jean (1994). An Introduction to Spanish-American Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-44923-6. Third edition.
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