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Not Saluting, but Waving

Michael Wood, 20 February 1997

Evita 
directed by Alan Parker.
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The Making of ‘Evita’ 
by Alan Parker.
Boxtree, 127 pp., £12.99, December 1996, 0 7522 2264 3
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In My Own Words 
by Eva Perón, translated by Laura Dail.
New Press, 120 pp., $8.95, November 1996, 1 56584 353 3
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Santa Evita 
by Tomás EloyMartínez, translated by Helen Lane.
Doubleday, 371 pp., £15.99, January 1997, 0 385 40875 7
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... cause, however great the sacrifice I will never leave your side until I die’? Or did she say, as Tomás EloyMartínez suggested in his The Perón Novel (1985) and suggests again in his Santa Evita (published in Spanish in 1995): ‘Thanks for existing’? The fact that there is a current popular song of that title ...

Diary

Michael Wood: In the City of Good Air, 20 November 2003

... been written by Tim Rice. A newish monument to Evita has on it a sentence taken from a novel by Tomás EloyMartínez, supposedly her first words on meeting Perón: ‘Colonel, thank you for existing.’ When Eloy Martínez pointed out that the phrase was not historical, that ...

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