Milongas (Paperback)

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Milongas (Paperback)

By Edgardo Cozarinsky, Valerie Miles (Translated by), Alberto Manguel (Introduction by)


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With an introduction by award-winning author Alberto Manguel, Milongas is Edgardo Cozarinsky's love letter to tango, and the diverse array of people who give it life.

From tango’s origins in the gritty bars of Buenos Aires, to milongas tucked away in the crypt of a London Church, a café in Kraków, or the quays of the Seine, Cozarinsky guides us through a shape-shifting dance’s phantasmagoric past.
In neighborhood dance halls vibrant and alive through the early hours of the morning, where young and old, foreign and native, novice and master come together to traverse borders, demographics, and social mores, “it is impossible to distinguish the dance from the dancer.”
As conspiratorial as he is candid, Cozarinsky shares the secrets and culture of this timeless dance with us through glimmering anecdote, to celebrate its traditions, evolution, and the devotees who give it life.
Edgardo Cozarinsky is an Argentine writer and film director. Best known for his collection Urban Voodoo, an instant cult classic, with prologues by both Susan Sontag and Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cozarinsky is also the author of the collection The Bride from Odessa, a novella, The Moldavian Pimp, and a large body of prize-winning short stories and essays. In 2018 Cozarinsky was awarded the prestigious Gabriel García Márquez short story prize for his story "en el ultimo trago nos vamos." As a film maker, his movies have received prizes and praise in the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and his film Lejos de dónde (Far from Where) won the Premio de la Academía Argentina de Letras in 2011.

Translator Bio: Valerie Miles is an American writer, editor and translator, and lives in Barcelona. In 2003, she co-founded Granta en español. She writes and reviews for the New York Times, the Paris Review, La Nación, La Vanguardia and el ABC, among others. She translates from the Spanish and Catalan and is a professor in the postgraduate program for literary translation at Pompeu Fabra University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781953861108
ISBN-10: 1953861105
Publisher: Archipelago
Publication Date: December 14th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English
"Through wry anecdote and masterful observation, Argentine writer and film director Cozarinsky unspools the history of tango and its cultural influence across the globe . . . With the companionable tenor of a humorous, well-informed raconteur, he traces tango dancing’s rise . . . These immersive snapshots are tantalizing." Publishers Weekly

"Cozarinsky boils the complex and often contradictory history of the dance down to its discrete and essential germs, whose sparks linger in the imagination on account of neither their perceived historical significance nor their verifiable objectivity but their ability to engender delight in their retelling . . . [He] sketches a history of the milonga centered on passions, intrigues, and oddities . . .  A well-researched and deftly written catalogue of memories and primary source accounts."
– Jenny WuFull Stop

   • "Cozarinsky, who is a filmmaker turned writer, or a writer turned filmmaker, has produced here an album of postcards made of words. But his postcards might well take visual form...a kind of lived literature" - Susan Sontag of Cozarinsky's book Urban Voodoo

   • "Very innovative for its time...Urban Voodoo anticipated the trend of mixing essay with fiction, and in so doing advanced new and interesting directions for literature. It seemed to be made of stories that were like essays and essays that were like stories." - Enrique Vila-Matas

   • "magnificent... In the title story, he achieves more in a few pages than most writers manage in three or four hundred...The Bride from Odessa feels like the summation of a life spent reading and reflecting on experience, condensed into 160 pages." -- Josh Lacey, The Guardian

   • "A book that speaks volumes about 'the ghostly existence of émigrés; one that haunts the reader's imagination." -- Kirkus Reviews on The Bride from Odessa  

   • "His novels and stories...are full of hidden, half-told histories, subtle references to names, tunes, places that may mean little at first but which are imbued with the melancholy of tango, the hopelessness of exile and the allure of the exotic; exciting when seen from the distance of time, tawdry and deceptive up close." - Patrick O'Connor, Literary Review  

   • "The winning work is, above all, a book written with wonderful narrative craft, with deep roots in an ancient literary tradition and a remarkable intellectual solidity. Among his themes are existential identity, old age and the unreliability of memories, all elaborated upon by Cozarinsky in a singular way, lending them deep and necessary literary dimension." -Gabriel García Márquez Spanish-American Short Story Award Jury  

   • "A master of the image and the word" - La Nación  

   • Cozarinsky conveys the sense of urgency and nostalgia that accompanies messages that seem to come from the past or from a place that does not exist."- Ricardo Piglia  

   • "Occasionally you come on someone you have never read before and discover that the work is so good it dispels ennui and restores your faith in imaginative literature. The Bride from Odessa is just such a book..." - The Scotsman  

   • "The finest book I have read for a long time." - Chris Maker, Libération  

   • "He creates a shadowy world of uprooted characters whose lives are shaped by the history of the 20th century...Alive, moving and perceptive." - Daily Telegraph  

   • "Cozarinsky writes superbly of exile, love, and death in the Argentine capital, and we are lucky to have him." - The Independent  

   • "A writer of exceptional sensibility and austere aesthetic principles, Cozarinsky refuses to contrive beyond what history offers merely to sate our cheap hunger for beginnings and endings. The Moldavian Pimp leaves us with a "strange sense of destiny", and - Borgesian provocations aside - a strange sense of unfinished fictional business." - The Guardian  

   • "...fiery intellectual strength and a powerful originality. La novia de Odessa, in its deceptively quiet manner, belongs on the same shelf as those other sceptical masterpieces, the novels of Joseph Roth and the memoirs of Julien Green."- Alberto Manguel: post-face to The Bride from Odessa.