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Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez
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May 03, 2008

really liked it

Man, this was a weird read. It's sort of semi-historical fiction, focused on Evita's embalmed corpse and the people obsessed with the body and the person. It's somewhat disjointed and plotless. I kept coming back to it, though. There's a hint of Pynchon in the puzzles, conspiracies, and attempt to put order onto a chaotic world. The publishers put a Gabriel Garcia Marquez quote on the front, clearly trying to lure in fans of his style of magical realism. I dunno if that's quite what I'd call this book. I think it's about the mystical and constructed quality of history and of who we make ourselves into and who we are made.

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