Tomás Eloy Martinez was born in 1934 in Argentina. During the military dictatorship, he lived in exile in Venezuela where he wrote his first three books, all of which were republished in Argentina in 1983, in the first months of democracy. During a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for International Scholars, Martinez wrote The Perón Novel (1985). His other books include Santa Evita (1995), published in over 30 languages, and The Tango Singer (2004). He was also a professor and director of the Latin American Program at Rutgers University.
He died in January 2010.