The Gods of Tango Book
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A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
An NBC Latino Selection for Ten Great Latino Books Published in 2015
Arriving in Buenos Aires in 1913, with only a suitcase and her father's cherished violin to her name, seventeen-year-old Leda is shocked to find that the husband she has travelled across an ocean to reach is dead.
Unable to return home, alone, and on the brink of destitution, she finds herself seduced by the tango, the dance that underscores every aspect of life in her new city. Knowing that she can never play in public as a woman, Leda disguises herself as a young man to join a troupe of musicians.
In the illicit, scandalous world of brothels and cabarets, the line between Leda and her disguise begins to blur, and forbidden longings that she has long kept suppressed are realised for the first time.
Powerfully sensual, The Gods of Tango is an erotically charged story of music, passion, and the quest for an authentic life against the odds.
"Ambitious and audacious. . . . A rousing tale of sex, violence, exhilaration, poverty, luck and redemption." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Bold and mesmerizing. . . . Woven of many strands, the novel is absorbing, tightly crafted. . . . Passages hum in step with the tempos of the tango, seducing the reader to continue turning the pages." --Los Angeles Review of Books
"[De Robertis] is a natural storyteller. . . . The book's relentlessly propulsive story of gender-switching in a perilous time . . . keep us rapt, turning the pages." --The Washington Post
"[The tango is] a sound charged with the attitude and yearnings of Argentina's immigrant class, its raw passions and unleashed frustrations. . . . De Robertis's writing harnesses that physicality and sexual energy." --The Wall Street Journal
"Like the dance from which it takes its title, The Gods of Tango is confident, sensual, wildly romantic." --The Columbus Dispatch
"You think you're reading one novel but, then, suddenly you realize you're reading another. This is the dazzling transformation that slowly comes upon you reading Carolina De Robertis's rapturous novel. . . . The Gods of Tango transforms the history of a frenetic musical genre, as the music itself transformed the lives of those who created it." --Counterpunch
"Hypnotic. . . De Robertis' passionate prose captures the rhythms of the tango, ensnaring us in its twists and twirls." --The Seattle Times
"Epic. . . . Cross-dressing Leda is an indelible character." --San Jose Mercury News
"Filled with the visceral sights and sounds of 20th century Argentina." --Los Angeles Times
|Author||Carolina De Robertis