The Return of Eva Peron - 1980

As Tracey Ware notes in The Return of Eva Perón, “V. S. Naipaul laments the decay of Joseph Conrad's aesthetic ideals” in the following quote taken from the last chapter of the book: “The novelist, like the painter, no longer recognizes his interpretive function; he seeks to go beyond it; and his audience diminishes. And so the world we inhabit, which is always new, goes by unexamined, made ordinary by the camera, unmeditated on; and there is no one to awaken the sense of true wonder. (245)” And yet efforts to do precisely this, continue apace even now albeit in different forms using other technologies. The book is being taught sufficiently in fact that it has generated its own enotes. Even as the writer’s sense of the importance of wonder to human life grew however the bitterness of the critique increased as Joan Didion recognizes. As with those that reacted to The Overcrowded Barracoon because they were offended, so too with this book. There were some who wished to address the representation of Argentina. Peter Hughes in a review of King's, Levy's and Nixon’s books speaks of confusing a “catalyst for a cause, or the herald with the (often grim) challenge he [Naipaul] brings” (206).