After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Veneno de Tango

Ramiro Gigliotti's Veneno de tango, or Tango venom in English, is the first book published by El Tangauta magazine.

A collection of short stories and vignettes of the milonga selected from Gigliotti's regular columns in the magazine (written under the name of René). Sad, funny and often hilarious, poetic, and from various points of view, it is simply a delight to read. Available in English as well as Castellano.

Captivating black and white photos by Carlos Furman.

Gigliotti is a tango dancer who has performed in European and American festivals. I believe he was a student of Pupi Castello. There are several videos on YouTube of his dancing with Elina Roldan and Graciela Gonzalez. While his dancing is ok, if dry and hesitant, his writing is passionate, witty, brilliant and true.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a dose of tango poison soon! You'll be glad you did. Here's where you can buy it.

(Oops, I forgot to say that I purchased my copy at full price, and am gaining no swag, nada, by this endorsement, but the pleasure of recommending a good book.)


Elizabeth said...

Cherie, Do you know where I can order the english version of this book?

tangocherie said...

Hi Elizabeth,
You can buy it here:
Thanks for asking, and I posted it on the blog.

Angelina Tanguera said...

Cherie, This looks fascinating. But I don't understand the comment about unpaid endorsement - why shouldn't you receive at least a free copy of the publication? You are providing PR that will surely lead to sales. I was once the editor of national magazines and we were sent thousands of books to review, free of charge in the expectation that they would receive publicity ...surely this is much the same thing.

tangocherie said...

Hi Angelina,

Yes, during my many years as a book reviewer for various professional publications, and as a dance critic, I received copies of the books, and house seats in the theater.

But now, since Dec. 1, 2009, the FTC has set down guidelines for bloggers that every positive "review" or "recommendation" must come with a disclaimer that the writer has received nothing for it.

And that's why I even mentioned it.