BUENOS AIRES – Sixty-one years after the death of the legendary Argentine First Lady Eva Perón, she "speaks" again in Marco Aguinis’ new novel La Furia de Evita (Evita’s Fury).
Aguinis, a former Argentine Minister of Culture, who has written more than 40 books, has devoted his 11th novel to the life and death of his nation's famed populist heroine -- choosing to write the work of fiction in the imagined voice of the iconic second wife of Argentina's long-serving President Juan Perón known as Evita.
Relying on a plausible feminine voice, the story follows Perón's travels through Europe, which helped cement her as a figure of global prestige.
“Evita is used in a a way to call attention and displace Perón," Aguinis says. "It is more important today to be an Evitist than a Peronist, even when the very Evita dedicated her life to exalting Perón."
Maria Eva Duarte de Perón served as First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She used her position, and notable oratory skills, to fight for women’s suffrage and improve the lives of the poor in Argentina. She is the basis of the worldwide famous musical Evita (1979).
Aguinis explains that myths normally paint people in black or white, missing the nuances and natural ups and downs of a person's life. The novel (which is now out only in Spanish) offers an almost carnal dimension, describing her contradictions, her pain, rage, hatreds. The author notes the importance of fluctuating between the extreme misery of her time and her singular power. While the important events in Eva’s life are well documented, this book is an attempt to see things from her point of view, and describe them in her words.
When asked what Evita would think about the current woman of singular power in Argentina, President Cristina Kirchner, Aguinis does not pull any punches: “She would mock Cristina. With an acute look she would say: "Be original, don’t grab onto my skirt so much. Do things on your own, I was original. You are an imitator.”
A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.
A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."
The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.
Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021
Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?
The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.
The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.
The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."
The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."
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