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A new edition of the controversial "deathbed manuscript" attributed to Eva Perón.
In 1987, a document that appeared to be the long-lost deathbed manuscript of Eva Perón was found in a government archive in Buenos Aires. Rumor had it that the manuscript, which is critical of the Argentine church and military, had been suppressed for thirty years after Evita's death by her husband, Argentine President Juan Perón.
First published in the United States by The New Press in 1996, the book remains a fascinating historical document and memoir at a time when Argentina is back in the headlines and trials of leading officials from the Perón era are underway. Leading Perón scholars disagree about whether Evita wrote every word herself, and Evita: In My Own Words includes an extensive introduction by Perón scholar Joseph A. Page, who weighs all the claims and counterclaims about the document's authenticity and provides an essential historical framework for Eva Perón's life.
Evita offers a firsthand glimpse of the woman who left an indelible if controversial mark on Argentina, and, at the time of her death at age thirty-three, was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. Originally published as In My Own Words.
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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 the Back Cover:
In 1987, a small Argentine publishing house published a document that had recently been found in a government archive in Buenos Aires. The document was called "Mi mensaje", or "My Message", and appeared to be the long-lost deathbed manuscript of Eva Peron, referred to by her and mentioned in several biographies of her. Rumor had it that the document, which is critical of the Argentine church and military, had been suppressed for thirty years after her death by her husband, Argentine President Juan Peron. Like everything about Evita, "My Message" is shrouded in mystery and myth. Leading Peron scholars disagree about whether Evita wrote every word herself and about whether it is an accurate reflection of Evita's thinking at the time of her death. Her estate, however, insists that the work is not by Evita. In In My Own Words, "My Message" appears in English for the first time, published with an extensive introduction by Peron scholar Joseph A. Page, who weighs all the claims and counterclaims about the document's authenticity and concludes that "My Message" is "a vital document...probably based in part on dictation by the wife of Argentine President Juan Peron".
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Book Description The New Press, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1595580417