The Tango Singer

The Tango Singer

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Restless in Manhattan, student Bruno Cadogan heads to the city of his dreams, Buenos Aires, where the inflation crisis of 2001 is beginning to spiral out of control. He is on the trail of Julio Martel, a legendary but elusive singer, who he hopes will inspire and enlighten his writings on the tango. But the moment he meets El Tucumano at the airport, not only does his new friend find him a cheap room in an expensive city, but a place in the very building where Borges set his celebrated story 'The Adelp'. With El Tucumano's unpredicable help, Bruno is increasingly drawn to the mystery of Martel and his strange and evocative performances in a series of apparently arbitrary sites around the city. And as he untangles the story of the singer's life, Bruno begins to believe that Martel's increasingly rare performances map a dark labyrinth of the city's past.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Spanish
  • 0747576440
  • 9780747576440

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PRAISE FOR TOMAS ELOY MARTINEZ'S 'SANTA EVITA' 'An extraordinary story of passion and craziness by a great writer. Tomas Eloy Martinez recounts the destiny of Eva Peron - the most intriguing female figure and one of the great political leaders of the Americas - with superb style You have to read this book!' Isabel Allende 'Here, finally, is the book I wanted to read' Gabriel Garcia Marquez 'Dazzling Gothic novel, perverse love story, impressive horror story, dazzling, perverse, impressive national history turned upside down, Santa Evita is all that and something more A beautiful book, a miracle' Carlos Fuentes 'A master novel I got choked up, I suffered, I enjoyed, and in the course of reading, I picked up bad habits and betrayed my most liberal principles Santa Evita should be banned or read without delay' Mario Vargas Llosa
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About Tomas Eloy Martinez

Tomas Eloy Martinez was born in Argentina in 1934. 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. He is currently a professor and director of the Latin American Program at Rutgers University. He was shortlisted for the 2005 International Man Booker Prize.
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3 31% (148)
2 12% (57)
1 3% (14)
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