December 20, 2005

In this generously illustrated book, world- renowned Yale art historian Robert Farris Thompson gives us the definitive account of tango, the fabulous dance of the past hundred years-and the most beautiful, in the opinion of Martha Graham.

From its syncretic evolution in the nineteenth century-partaking of European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and, unbeknownst to many, African [Kongo] influences-to its representations by Hollywood and dramatizations in dance halls throughout the world, Thompson shows us tango not only as brilliant choreography but also as text, music, art, and philosophy of life.

As he did in his classic Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy, Thompson, in this book, takes his subject in the round, not in any specialized or compartmentalized manner. He is part anthropologist, part art critic, part musicologist, part student of religion and philosophy, and entirely an enthusiastic partisan of what he writes about (The New York Times).

Passionately argued; unparalleled in its research, its synthesis, and its depth of understanding; and written with revelatory clarity, Tango: The Art History of Love is a monumental achievement.

by Dr. Robert Farris Thompson


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