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Santa Evita Paperback – July 29, 1997
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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From one of Latin America's finest writers comes a mesmerizing novel about the legendary Eva Peron. Bigger than fiction, Eva Peron was the poor-trash girl who reinvented herself as a beauty, snared Argentina's dictator, reigned as uncrowned queen of the masses, and was struck down by cancer. When her desperate but foxy husband brings Europe's leading embalmer to Eva's deathbed to make her immortal, the fantastical comedy begins.
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She was certainly no saint, but so many Argentines worshiped her memory.
Well, yes. And Martinez has done that. It begins with Evita's musings on her death bed, but it is very jarring after the first chapter. Martinez moves back and forth between Evita's life, interviews with those who knew her, his own musings, and fictional stories about her corpse. It seems almost weird not to like it, but I found myself forcing myself to finish. I would rather read about Evita's own thoughts or her own view of life and her impact on Argentine history. It's a very good effort and well written, but jarring. I recommend the Fraser and Navarro biography as well as the Dujone Ortiz bio. Both are biographies but much more entertaining. Sorry, but this just doesn't do it for me.