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Tango (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover – April 10, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1st edition (April 10, 1997)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1556705972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556705977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tango dancing is enjoying a rediscovery with concert performances such as Forever Tango and Tango Argentino, but this book by French author Evelyne Pieiller and Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz makes no attempt to tell the Argentinian dance's history. Rather, it approaches its subject obliquely, with a long piece of fiction and a series of tango song lyrics, translated into English, and accompanying the book's centerpiece, a series of remarkable, glowing, mildly erotic photographs. All freeze the tango dancers in action: tangles of entwined limb tightly clad in stretched satin and fishnet, sweating, and not always just with exertion. The lyrics, presented here as poems of passion and betrayal, capture both the essence of the dance, and the sharp tang of the lifestyle that produced it. Rarely does a book capture pure mood so well--to exclusion of virtually everything else.

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Text: English, Spanish (translation)
Original Language: French, Spanish

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Tango" is a stylish and sexy coffee table book for fans of the tango. It features 80 duotone (black and white) photographs by Isabel Munoz of dancers in various stages of tango. On the facing pages there are lyrics of popular tango songs, displayed like poetry, in both Spanish and English. A short story by French author Evelyne Pieiller prefaces and introduces us to the photographs and lyrics. Many of the photographs are erotic, and some are semi-nude, so this book may not be to everyone's taste. But "Tango" beautifully captures the drama and eroticism of this dance that was born of competition in the bordellos of Buenos Aires and has achieved -just enough, but not too much- respectability as it continues to capture the imagination of couples around the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chonna F Guevara on February 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This steamy book captures the intimacy of the tango. It is a great gift to buy for any tango afficionado and even your lover.
Not only does the book have photographs, but also lyrics to Spanish songs along with the English translations. The lyrics tell stories of love,betrayal and recollection of a lost lover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Mahan on April 9, 2010
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I think this is about the most sensuous book of tango photography ever. I have two of them.
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