“The day Ernesto Marroné returned home from the Los Ceibales Country Club after a splendid afternoon’s golf and discovered the poster of Che Guevara hanging on his teenage son’s bedroom wall, he knew the time had come to tell the truth about his guerrilla past.”
In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical Evita, Eva Perón brings the audience to tears with “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” However, you’ll be laughing yourself to tears with The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón, Carlos Gamerro’s hilarious novel that satirizes 1980s yuppie business culture, 1970s Argentine politics, and the cult of Evita.
The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón takes place in 1975, just before Argentina’s Dirty War. A business tycoon, Sr. Tamerlán, has been kidnapped by leftist guerrillas. As a ransom, they demand that a bust of Eva Perón be placed in all ninety-two offices of Tamerlán’s construction company.
Who is up to the task? Our knight in shining armor is Ernesto Marroné, a 1980s-style business yuppie, who is equipped with all the latest business management skills he learned from How to Win Friends and Influence People. Will Ernesto’s management skills work against the Dirty War guerrillas and their comrades? Will our brave knight in his shining business suit be able to unravel the mystery of Evita herself?
The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón cleverly pokes fun at the commoditization of Eva Perón, who is described as “a self-made woman who had created a product – herself – that millions in Argentina and around the world had bought and consumed.”
This book is especially hysterical for readers who have been subjected to endless business management training. Marroné’s use of management training such as Edward de Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” is wonderful satire. Gamerro cleverly adds a seventh hat, the Brown Hat, whose purpose I won’t describe. You have to read The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón to find out—it’s absolutely hysterical for anyone familiar with de Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” technique.
I love The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón — the political and social satire are brilliant, as is the roasting of traditional business management techniques.