Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Tango Singer by Tomas Eloy Martinez

In his new novel, "The Tango Singer," Tomás Eloy Martínez ("The Péron Novel"), who was short-listed for the International Man Booker Prize, explores themes not unlike those found in tango music.

Bruno Cadogan, a New York academic, is writing a dissertation on the origins of tango. He hears of an extraordinary tango singer in Buenos Aires named Julio Martel, who is believed to be even more talented than the legendary Carlos Gardel, and journeys there to seek him out.

The year is 2001 and Argentina is undergoing an economic upheaval. Citizens have taken to the streets to protest unemployment. Crimes and betrayals are common. And Buenos Aires, once a majestic city compared to Paris and Madrid, has taken on a shabby appearance.

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