Recently I overheard two young students on the U-Bahn in Berlin talking in English about Argentine history. Whereas one of the interlocutors seemed to be completely ignorant about the fate of the country where I was born, his companion related with passion and authority how things were and still are in the Southern Cone. He summarized: “In her last speech, just before dying, Eva Perón said to her followers: ‘Don’t cry for me, Argentina.’ Ever after the country, however, has lived in sadness and disarray.” Leaving aside the validity of the diagnostic I asked myself in silence whether Tim Rice would have expected that his song lyrics written by him for “Evita”, a British rock opera concept album in 1976, were going to take history by storm forty years later.
Gowan Dawson’s book refers exactly to this problem: the process by which works of fiction dominate the past and shape the future.[read on...]
Rev. by Irina Podgorny, Archivo Histórico del Museo de La Plata, Universidad Nacional de La Plata/CONICET