Simon Cardoso had been dead for thirty years when Emilia Dupuy, his wife, found him at lunchtime in the dining room of Trudy Tuesday. So begins Purgatory, the final and perhaps most personal work of the great Latin American novelist Tomas Eloy Martinez. Emilia Dupuy's husband vanished in the 1970s, while the two were mapping an Argentine country road. All evidence seemed to confirm that he was among the thousands disappeared by the military regime. Yet Emilia never stopped believing that the disappeared man would reappear. And then he does, in New Jersey. And for Simon, no time at all has passed.
In Martinez's hands, this love story and ghost story becomes a masterful allegory for history political and personal, and for a country's inability to integrate its past with its present.
Praise for Santa Evita :
"Brilliant…Affirms his place among Latin America's best writers."-New York Times
"Here is the novel that I have always wanted to read."-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"A beautiful book, a miracle."-Carlos Fuentes
"A master novel…I got choked up, I suffered, I enjoyed."-Mario Vargas Llosa
Tomas Eloy Martinez, author and journalist; born San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, 16 July, 1934. married four times (five sons, two daughters); died Buenos Aires 31 January 2010.
Tomás Eloy Martínez was one of the Spanish-speaking world's most-respected authors and most provocative journalists of the last few decades, his novels acclaimed by contemporaries including Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa and Isabel Allende. Stricken by cancer several years ago, the Argentinian continued to write until his last days, notably as a columnist with the Argentinian daily La Nación, El País of Spain and The New York Times.
His last novel, in 2008, was Purgatorio (Purgatory), partly based on his own experiences in the 1970s, told the story of a couple who were separated during the "Dirty War" against leftist sympathisers but reunited 30 years later. Drawing on his own experiences of exile and return, he sought to awaken readers to the fact that dictatorships, as he said, "are not possible without the complicity of society." Article from the Independent.