Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien

Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien

A Yanqui's Missteps in Argentina

Book - 2007
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After moving to Argentina on a whim, Brian Winter, a young American reporter, embarks on a crusade to learn that devilishly difficult dance that demands both discipline and passion: the tango. While he dances the night away in the milongas with the fiery denizens of Buenos Aires, the country around them collapses, gripped by inflation, street riots, and revolution.

In a book that is part travelogue and part history, the author evokes his immersion in a dark underworld. He visits old dance salons, brothels, and shacks on the dusty Pampa, searching for the tango's shady origins in the hope that understanding may help him dance better. Along the way, he discovers that the tango, with its tales of jealousy, melodrama, and lost glory, may hold the secret to the country that is inexplicably disintegrating before his eyes.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781586483708
1586483706
Branch Call Number: 793.33 WIN
Characteristics: 247 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm

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Pisinga
May 10, 2013

This book is written excellently. The history of tango is interwoven with the history of Argentina. The author says that he "felt in love" with Argentina. However, the impression after reading this book, about of the Argentines, is not very favourable. They themselves (in the book) does not deny it. In any case, a sense of superiority - it is one of the hallmarks of the Argentine character. The author lived in Buenos Aires from 2000 to 2004, and he claims it was one of the most difficult periods in the history of the country. This is not entirely correct. Argentina had moments in its past more difficult than in the period described by the author. From the book "The parallels between the fortunes of the tango and Argentine politics throughout history are truly striking".

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Pisinga
Jun 02, 2013

“You move on, but you never forget”.

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