In My Own Words
is extracted from a document, "My Message," purportedly written by Evita on her deathbed. The introduction by Joseph A. Page of Georgetown University argues for the authenticity of the document and provides a useful introduction to Evita's life and work. Evita rose from illegitimacy and poverty in rural Argentina to a stellar life as a celebrated beauty and consort of Juan Peron, president of Argentina. Evita as First Lady famously looked after the poor of her country and was beloved by ordinary people. She died tragically of uterine cancer at the age of 33 and became an icon for Argentina.
From Publishers Weekly
Eva Maria Duarte de Peron died of uterine cancer in 1952, but "Mi mensaje," "My Message," wasn't found until some 30 years later, in a government archive, and then published in 1987. Purported to be the deathbed manuscript spoken of in her biographies, it is disputed by surviving sisters and other family members, who claim that she did not write it. Joseph A. Page, in his lengthy introduction, states that this document is "probably based in part on dictation by" Eva Peron and "provides further evidence of how difficult it is to locate the real person behind the myths shrouding the figure the world knows simply as Evita." In My Own Words: Evita, translated from the Spanish by Laura Dail, contains facsimile pages, photos from the National Archive of Argentina and a chronology of Eva Peron's life, along with the translated document and introduction.
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