Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

The Gods of Tango, by Carolina de Robertis

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eBook published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, New York, USA, 2015, 864 pages.There is a lot of tango-ing in this novel, as well as an eyebrow-raising amount of erotica. I bought it because I had enjoyed the sweeping family drama of De Robertis’s previous novel, The Invisible Mountain. I have learned to do the Argentine Tango, so I expected a novel about the dance. What I did not expect in this novel was the theme of drag artists in the history of the tango. Yet, despite the shock to the reader’s system, De Robertis succeeds in this novel by stimulating the reader’s mind though her descriptions of the development of the tango as an art form, the dancers and performers of the tango, the history of drag artists’ involvement in the tango, and the history of Buenos Aires. (Continue reading…)

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