El tango de la guardia vieja

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In his most recent novel, 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 ...
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In his most recent novel, 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. The novel is also a broad and carefully documented fresco of a fading continent—the Europe of the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1960’s. The plot includes a dangerous incident in the slums of Buenos Aires; an intelligence conspiracy in inter-war period Nice with allusions to the Spanish Civil War; and a disquieting game of chess in Sorrento, played over the checkered squares of the Cold War. Love, passion, and lust come together with Pérez-Reverte’s characteristic dose of adventure.
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The tango of the old plays out in three acts in this new novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The first begins with a strange bet between two musicians that takes one of them Buenos Aires in 1928; the second, a cat-and-mouse case of Spanish Civil War espionage played out on the French Riviera; and the third, a disturbing chess game in Sorrento during the 1960s. [NO COVER. XXX.]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614359609
  • Publisher: Alfaguara
  • Publication date: 11/21/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 783,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Excelente, muy buena lectura.

    Excelente, muy buena lectura.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    El Tango de La Guardia Vieja by Arturo Pérez-Reverete Spanish Ed

    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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