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Santa Evita

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,477 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Aqui esta, por fin, la novela que siempre quise leer."GABRIEL GARCC?A MC?RQUEZDiosa, reina, senora, madre de los pobres, abanderada de los trabajadores y arbitro de la moda. Santa Evita para unos y para otros una analfabeta resentida, trepadora, loca y ordinaria, presidenta de una "dictadura de mendigos."El protagonista de esta novela es el cuerpo de Eva Duarte de Peron, a ...more
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Published June 28th 2005 by Punto de Lectura (first published 1995)
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Sarah ~
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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سانتا ايفيتا - توماس ايلوي مارتينيث .

هذا العمل عن ايفيتا، سانتا ايفيتا، ايفا دوراتي بيرون .
سيدة الأرجنتين الأولى - زوجة الرئيس خوان بيرون .

حقيقة لا أعرف الكثير عن هذه الأسطورة الأرجنتينية، والتي اعتبرها شعبها قديسة،
ولفترة طويلة كنت اخلط بينها وبين زوجة بيرون الأخرى (ايزابيلا بيرون) والتي كانت رئيسة لـ لأرجنتين في السبعينات .
أكتب هذه المراجعة الآن وأنا اشاهد وثائقيًا عن حياتها، استمتعت بقراءة عمل توماس ايلوي ولكن رؤية ايفا وهي تلقي خطاباتها الموجهة للشعب على الشاشة والتي قرأتها كان هذا شيئًا مذه
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James
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Santa Evita' is a great novel blending fact and fiction about the life, or more precisely - the death and thereafter of Eva Peron. Wonderfully written compelling narrative, this is a bizarre but fascinating world where truth seems often stranger than fiction - the world of Eva Peron, the cult of Evita, the mythology of Santa Evita.
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010)
My fascination on Evita Peron started when I heard Julie Covington sang "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" over the radio when I was still in high school. Since our island-town had no electricity, i.e., no television, yet and almost no FM radio stations reached us during daytime, we contented ourselves with listening to whatever was played on the AM dials. Since there was nothing else to be busied about aside from studying, helping in the household chores and some puppy loves, listening and scrutinizi ...more
Emily
As intrigued as I was by the idea of a novel whose main character is a corpse, the parts of Tomás Eloy Martínez's Santa Evita that ended up interesting me most had almost nothing to do with its so-called plot. Because as much as Santa Evita is a novel "about" the late wife of a deposed politician (in which an ensemble cast of characters transport, steal, curse, duplicate, switch, covet, and defile the embalmed body of Eva Perón, in a non-chronological seesaw back and forth over the pivot-point o ...more
Thea Guanzon
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am normally quite a fast reader but it took me AGES to finish this book. I kept getting distracted by inconsequential matters every few pages. However, I don't count that as a negative because it lends a certain credibility to the mystique of Eva Peron that Martinez emphasizes, the difficulty in pinning her down, the ease with which she left all those who tried to keep her. Goodness, this novel sure hit all the right spots for me: politics, surrealism, science, history, romance, multiple langu ...more
ايمان
أول مرة ألتقي بإطناب فظيع برواية لاتينية..قصة حميلة مستوحاة من التاريخ تاريخ الأرجنتين تحديدا لكن في النهاية ستخرج و تقول...وبعد ماذا استفدت...عرفت أين دفنت ايفيتا..هل هذا فعلا مهما !!!؟ كنت أتمنى لو ركز قليلا على تاريخ الأرجنتين.
Rafael
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No se en que momento exactamente mi imaginación de niño o adolescente se maravilló con la figura de Eva Perón. Recuerdo haber oído a Licha platicarme del dictador argentino depuesto y refugiado en España y tengo una vaga conciencia de haber leído en alguna revista en la peluquería mientras esperaba turno, un reportaje sobre el embalsamamiento del cadáver de Eva Perón.
Esta historia, como la de Rasputín y otras que Licha me platicaba y cuyo conocimiento servía de acicate para nuevas lecturas, est
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Derek
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Seeing that "the only thing that can be done with reality is to invent it again," Tomás Eloy Martínez brilliantly transposes Evita's postmortem journey into an outrageous postmodern fictional montage wherein the author, represented as a fictitious character and narrator in the novel, spins a web of biography, history and myth into a effervescently farcical and sombrely perverse narrative, mellifluously illuminating the woman who "ceased to be what she said and what she did to become what people ...more
Maritza Buendia
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Santa Evita" es una mezcla entre novela, biografía y reportaje sociopolítico de una turbulenta época en Argentina. Una historia que entrelaza datos de Evita Perón viva y muerta. Viva, desde su humilde infancia, su lucha por realizar sus sueños de artista hasta su encuentro con Juan Perón que daría un vuelco a su vida para convertirla en un ícono político. Y es también la historia del cadáver de Eva Perón desde que su ilustre esposo la puso en manos de un embalsamador, hasta su recorrido errante ...more
الهنوف فهد
رواية غريبة في بداياتها كنت اشك من مواصلتي بالقراءة، يدخل فيها التاريخ و الأسطورة ،حياة شخص(إيفا تحديداً وزوجها بيرون رئيس الارجنتين) و حياة الأرجنتيين كشعب كيف نظروا لإيفا و كيف حولوها من شخص إلى رمز يتبركون فيه وكيف استطاعت هي مخاطبة الجماهير واستمالتهم ،أيضاً نظرة الرئيس لزوجته والعكس كيف رأى أنها من صنعه، وبالمقابل نظرتها له المناقضه لنظرته..
توفيت إيفيتا في الثلاثين من معاناته مع المرض، والروائي توماس يأخذنا بروايته عن ما بعد الوفاة و جسد المتوفية والتحنيط الذي حصل له يسلط حديثه في غالب ال
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Angela McCallum
Really interesting book about the strange journey that Eva Peron's corpse took after Peron was overthrown. T. Eloy Martinez reminds us throughout the novel that truth is elusive. We may never really know what happened to her corpse during its 22-year journey because much like Eva herself, who became Evita (remembered more for what people said she did than for what she actually did) the tales surrounding her embalmed corpse are so fantastical they can't be true, or can they?

I also learned a lot
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Manuel De la rosa
Una historia apasionante, llena de misterio y realidad. La narración de la aventura después de la muerte, pero también la descripción de una vida antes del final.

Santa Evita es una biografía de Eva Perón y una guía de los lugares y recorridos que su cuerpo embalsamado recorrió. Llena de hechos verídicos mezclados con momentos novelescos, Santa Evita nos muestra una radiografía completa de Evita.
داليا   روئيل
انني فراغ بلا امتلاء مكان بلا زمان لايدري اين يذهب


سانتا ايفيتا ايتها القديسة ، الشيطانة ، الطيبة ، المتسلطة
اتقدر الكلمات ان تصف مدى عنفكِ وقوتكِ ؟؟؟؟؟؟
انا متاكدة من ان اراء القراء سوف تختلف عن هذه الانسانة التي توفيت بعمر مبكر جدا
انا وجدت ان هالة القداسة المحيطة بها كذبة كبيرة
Hamad
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية تحمل بداخلها قصة مثيرة تستحق أن تروى
بعيدا عن مدى مصداقية ما روي على لسان شخصيات الرواية كنت أتمنى أن تكون القصة خيالية أكثر من كونها سيرة ذاتية ، لو ابتعد الكاتب عن البحث والتحقق خلف كواليس جثة إيفيتا واكتفى بالإلهام الخيالي وابتكر من خلاله الرواية مع ممارسة الإسقاط الواقعي والتحرر من قيود الرواية لأبدع في ذلك .
على العموم الرواية مليئة بالتمطيط في بعض التفاصيل التي لا تستحق الذكر والتي لا تخلو أيضا من التكرار والملل .
Jose Miguel Guerrero
Un libro completo por su imperfección. Es novela, libreto, cuento, anécdota, memorias, ficción e historia. Eloy Martínez te lleva por todo lo que Eva tocó; las pasiones que despertó; el odio que sembró; el amor que creó. Este libro es una radiografía histórica a un periodo de Argentina que nos ayuda a comprender mas al país a los que no somos de ahí. El primer libro de Eloy Martínez que leó y definitivamente no será el último.
Miranda Davis
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
"Every time a corpse enters the picture in this country (Argentina), history goes mad."

If you have a penchant for Latin American magical realism, this is a very paradoxical example. The subject could have been simply macabre but instead it becomes oddly real and compelling thanks to the practical point of view of the main characters. The author imagines the history of the 'afterlife' of the venerated corpse of Evita Peron. (By the time she died, the common people considered her a saint.) The sto
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Trebor
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible book on several levels...if you want to understand Argentina, this book sort of lays out the whole weird reality of it via Martinez's own mind and the story of its central myth--not just Evita, but Sarmiento's Civilization and Barbarism written more than 100 years before but essentially the same mythos. As one ex president said the corpse of Evita is the corpse of Argentina, or the country itself...or words to that affect. I'd compare this to Schindler's List (the book, not ...more
Deanne
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books-2008
Very hard to read not because it's a bad book, it's not, but because kept hearing Don't cry for me argentina in my head. Though in my case it was Elaine Paige warbling away.
I imagine a story about Eva Peron whilst alive would be interesting, but one about what happened to her corpse was fascinating. Have to admit I'm of the opinion that when you die there's a moment when it's obvious that something has left the body.
I'm also aware that different people, cultures and religions believe different t
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Wala'a
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كيف يمكن للمرء من أن يكون فردا عاديا وأن يصبح مرة واحدة قلب الشعب .
سانتا ايفيتا سيرة ذاتية ل السيدة الأولى- ايفا دوارتي دي بيرون - للارجنتين 1952-1946
أو سيرة ذوات لأناس كرهت و قدست امرأة قالت: ((سأعود و أكون ملايين ))
ايفيتا من ممثلة ثانوية إلى الأم و القديسة للشعب البائس .
لكن الطريق بين (من و إلى) كان صعبا بشعا معبد بقذارة نفوس الذوات التي مرت خلال حياتها و بعد موتها. من الواضح أن الطريق الى المجد مليئ بمستنقات ومكائد ، أما من يجتازها تخلد روحه في قصص وروايات .
غريب هو توماس إيلوي مارتينث كيف
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Kivilcim Somuncuoglu
it is rumoured that Marquez said that "this is the book that i have always wanted to read "when "santa evita" first came out.

firstly it may seem like you are reading one of those book that tells you about a series of incidents that happened but becoming an outstanding piece of post modern art,it tells you more,it has a part of every genre.it is like poetry,it is like history,it is like novel.....

but above all,it is one the most striking works of art that one reads.
Laura
Aug 17, 2008 marked it as probablywontfinish  ·  review of another edition
I am having a heck of a time with this. I'm not entirely sure I'm following the plot. I'm not entirely sure there is a plot really. I'm 4 chapters in, and still waiting to see if something will click. I'm starting to lose hope though, and have already read two other books while putting this one off.
Saleh Alasfour
واقعية سحرية سردة عنقودياً، والجميل فيها بأن السحر هو المسيطر على المجتمع أو الواقع الأرجنتيني.
Alfonso Guido
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Una de las mejores novelas latinoamericanas de los últimos 30 o 40 años. A los peronistas quizás no les vaya a gustar, pero es deleitable de principio a fin.
Padmin
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Quello che non voglio è che la gente mi dimentichi, Juan. Non permettere che mi dimentichino».

Il romanzo è basato sulla leggendaria figura di Eva Perón e inizia là dove finisce l'esistenza della sua protagonista.
Attraverso l'avventurosa "vita" di un cadavere, ripercorriamo la vicenda umana di un'attricetta di provincia che fu capace di irretire il presidente della Repubblica Argentina prima, un intero popolo poi.
Subito dopo la morte (annunciata da mesi di grandi sofferenze), il corpo di Evita v
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Micol Mian
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america-latina
Proseguendo il tentativo di lasciare almeno due parole a caldo (o temperature più tiepide, considerando che qui mi sono decisa a farlo qualche giorno dopo averlo finito^^) su ogni libro che leggo: lettura meravigliosa, assolutamente all'altezza delle aspettative (e non mi capita spesso di dirlo). Un'odissea che è al tempo stesso una riflessione sulla costruzione dei miti - e come spesso i corpi da cui nascono debbano perdere la carne nel processo, farsi di cera o evaporare o imbalsamarsi per il ...more
Evinrude
Santa Evita is a remarkable book, no doubt about it: beautifully written, original, with a captivating premise, complex characters, and multiple layers of meaning. It narrates the story of Evita's body after her death, of the men who lost their mind and peace after crossing its path, including the authors. It plays with the boundaries between history, fiction and myth, drawing a portrait of Evita, but, more to the point, of Argentina, over the course of five decades.

Finishing took me ages, and
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Helen R.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eva Peron had an amazing life. Born in 1919 and dying in 1952, her story has inspired many creative minds, including my own. You would have to work to make her life boring, right?

Unfortunately, Martinez has done exactly that. He passed away in 2010, so I don't wish to speak ill of the dead. However, this novel is very overhyped and not what I wanted at all. Though Martinez is a good author, the book is very jarring. The first chapter is well done as it tells about Eva's death and thoughts while
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Amanda
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about it in U.K. Elle and decided to purchase a copy.
Wow there was so much about Eva Peron that I Never knew, I never realised she was so young when she died. I didn't realise the effect she had in the Argentine people and certainly what happened to her body. Well what worth reading this just to discover that.
Claudio Valverde
Me pareció muy buEna. Una excelente prosa para describir un personaje polémico en un contexto histórico particular. Eva Perón, prsonalidad conocida universalmente sigue siendo objeto de estudio de historiadores, sociologos, etc. de todo el mundo.
Giulia
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La mistica sudamericana in un romanzo che rende sì la storia di un personaggio, ma soprattutto l'emozione di un popolo.
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Martínez obtained a degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Tucumán, and an MA at the University of Paris. From 1957 to 1961 he was a film critic in Buenos Aires for the La Nación newspaper, and he then was editor in chief (1962-69) of the magazine Primera Plana. From 1969 to 1970 he worked as a reporter in Paris. In 1969 Martínez interviewed former Argentine Preside ...more
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