Magazine article New Internationalist

The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón

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The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón by Carlos Gamerro, translated from the Spanish by Ian Barnett (& Other Stories, ISBN 9781908276506)

Carlos Gamerro's splendid, high-octane novel is set in Buenos Aires in 1975. Argentina is fast descending into the period that became known as the Dirty War, a time of military dictatorship, death squads and guerrilla warfare. As the book opens, we learn that business leader Fausto Tamerlán has been kidnapped by the radical Perónist guerrilla group, the Montoneros. Part of the ransom demand stipulates that the company places a bust of Eva Perón in each of its 92 offices. Our hapless hero Ernesto Marroné, Tamerlán's head of procurement, is charged with carrying out this task.

Unfortunately, just as he is visiting the plasterworks to source the busts, the factory is occupied by its workers, who stage a sit-in. …

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