My Tango with Barbara Strozzi

My Tango with Barbara Strozzi

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Phil Ockerman falls hard for Bertha Strunk at a tango lesson in a church crypt in Clerkenwell. 'Is Bertha's trunk anything like Pandora's box?' he wonders. Each recently separated, both their Suns are squared by Neptune. Bertha also bears a strong resemblance to the 17th century Venetian singer and composer Barbara Strozzi (with whom Phil happens to be obsessed), to the point where Phil is no longer sure which is which On their first serious date, Phil and 'Barbara' watch THE RAINMAKER, a tale of battered wifery and the murder of an ex-husband. Could it be that Barbara's choice of film is not entirely innocent, especially considering that Phil afterwards finds himself carrying around a potential murder weapon? Navigating several London Underground lines and considerable planetary activity, Russell Hoban's intriguing romance tangos its way through a world of infidelity, artificial eyeballs, baseball bats and music - never missing a daring, seductive step.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 14mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747590281
  • 9780747590286
  • 996,124

About Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban is the author of many extraordinary novels including Turtle Diary, Riddley Walker, Amaryllis Night and Day, The Bat Tattoo, Her Name Was Lola, Come Dance With Me and, most recently, Linger Awhile. He has also written some classic books for children including The Mouse and his Child and the Frances books. He lives in London.show more

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'Hoban is the best sort of genius ... long indeed may he linger' Guardian 'Russell Hoban is unclassifiable ... he is an original; imaginative and inventive' Sunday Times 'Darkly funny' Daily Express 'Hoban's writing is always a delight - exhilarating and inventive ... a treat to read' Daily Mailshow more

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71 ratings
3.23 out of 5 stars
5 11% (8)
4 24% (17)
3 44% (31)
2 20% (14)
1 1% (1)
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