Eva Peron entered immortality on 26th July, 1952. The bizarre after-life of her embalmed body - hidden, hijacked, replicated, smuggled abroad, buried, resurrected, repatriated - echoed her equally strange life. From the story of the plain poor-trash girl who reinvented herself to become first the uncrowned queen of Argentina's masses and then their uncanonized saint, Tomas Eloy Martinez has created a mesmerizing, highly readable work of fiction.
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The most powerful work of fiction to come from Latin America since One Hundred Years of Solitude
An extraordinary story of passion and craziness... You have to read this book -
Brilliant...a profound meditation on the nature and meaning of memory, the relationship between authors and subjects, and the anarchic drive of popular mythology...Few Latin American writers have confronted their countries' past with the wit, style and candour that Mr Martinez shows in Santa Evita...he affirms his place among Latin America's best writers - New York Times Book Review
A master novel... I got choked up, I suffered, I enjoyed, and in the course of reading I picked up bad habits and betrayed my most liberal principles...Santa Evita should be banned... or read without delay -
Dazzling Gothic novel, perverse love story, impressive horror story... a beautiful book, a miracle -
Utterly captivating - Sunday Times
Masterful...brilliantly exposing the damaging effects of fame - Elle
About the Author
Tomas Eloy Martinez was born in 1934 in Argentina. His first novel and first book of chronicles were published in Buenos Aires between 1968 and 1973. During the military dictatorship, he lived in exile in Venezuela where he wrote three other books, all of which were republished in Argentina in 1983, in the first months of democracy. Since then he has written The Peron Novel and The Master's Hand, followed by Santa Evita, which became an instant No.1 bestseller when it was published in Argentina. Currently he is the director of Latin American studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey.