El tango de la guardia vieja

El tango de la guardia vieja

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by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
     
 

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte cambia de registro, aunque sin salir de su mundo personal, y escribe una gran historia de amor. El tango de la Guardia Vieja, sigue la relación amorosa entre un hombre y una mujer en tres únicos pero intensos encuentros a lo largo de 40 años del siglo XX. Los protagonistas son Max, un vividor, bailarín de salón y…  See more details below

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte cambia de registro, aunque sin salir de su mundo personal, y escribe una gran historia de amor. El tango de la Guardia Vieja, sigue la relación amorosa entre un hombre y una mujer en tres únicos pero intensos encuentros a lo largo de 40 años del siglo XX. Los protagonistas son Max, un vividor, bailarín de salón y ladrón de guante blanco, y Mecha, una hermosa e inteligente mujer casada de la alta sociedad. El autor describe cómo evoluciona el amor con el tiempo: de los embates de la pasión de juventud a la melancolía del recuerdo en la entrada de la vejez. La novela es también un amplio y documentadísimo fresco de la historia de una Europa desvanecida, la de los años veinte, treinta y sesenta. La trama incluye una peligrosa peripecia en los barrios bajos de Buenos Aires, un complot de espionaje en la Niza de entreguerras, con referencias a la Guerra Civil española, y una intriga en torno a un torneo internacional de ajedrez en Sorrento sobre las casillas de la guerra fría. Junto al amor y los sentimientos, unas páginas de sorprendente erotismo con una fuerte carga sexual. Y también grandes dosis perezrevertianas de aventura.

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte journeys into uncharted territories to write a sweeping story of obscure and passionate love. El tango de la Guardia Vieja follows the love story of Max, a charming hustler, accomplished ballroom dancer and elegant thief, and Mecha, a beautiful and intelligent high-society matron. In the three powerful encounters that occur during four decades in the 20th century, the author depicts a affair that evolves from the passionate bursts of youth to the melancholy of reminiscence, and the beginning of old age.

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ISBN-13:
9781614359609
Publisher:
Alfaguara
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
564,178
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

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El tango de la guardia vieja 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelente, muy buena lectura.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
El Tango de La Guardia Vieja by Arturo Pérez-Reverete Spanish Edition This is a love story between Máximo (Max Costas) Covas Lauro and Mercedes (Mecha) Inzunza over three distinct periods of time: 1928, 1935, and 1966. The book opens in 1928, where Max is a professional dancer at the transatlantic luxury liner: The Cap Polonio, and he meets Meche and her husband, the famous Spanish composer Armando de Troeye. The young couple is going to Buenos Aires because Armando made a bet to the composer, Ravel, that he would compose a Tango to match Ravel’s Bolero. Max is very useful, because he grew up in the poor sections of Buenos Aires, where they still dance the original and sensual tango - which is dirtier and faster paced - than the one which is danced in the famous Parisian clubs. Max and Meche do drugs and make love - even as Armando watches - and it ends as Max steals from Meche an expensive pearl necklace that he sells in Montevideo. Fast forward to 1966, where Meche’s son, Jorge Keller is disputing a chess match between himself and the Russian world champion, Mijaíl Sokolov. Merche convinces Max to steal Sokolov’s chess book to give the advantage to their son, Jorge. Max has to remember what it was to be young - as the book says: he has to find his old shadow - and at age 64 climb over fences and steal from the KGB and the Russian master what becomes his last adventure. While he’s doing this, Pérez-Reverete re-enacts a similar episode in 1936 where Max is forced by fascist spies to steal a series of compromising letters from one of Merche’s friends, Susana Ferriol, and again, like at every turn, Max does what he does best.... The Author of the Dumas’ Club does it again. The book is fascinating. You get a lesson in chess - its intrigues and manipulations - and in gigolo and spies‘ lives. You also feel like you’re living all three periods: the 1920’s with its luxuries, the pre WWII European situation and the Spanish civil war, and the 1960‘s and the cold war. It captures you from the beginning and it reads in a few days. Very well written, it is narrated from Max’s point of view. I recommend it to anyone who likes suspense and a good tale.
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