Wednesday, September 07, 2011


The publisher says - To the uninitiated, tango is just a dance, albeit a dance with an exotic and sensuous allure. To the true tanguero, it is something akin to a religion, attracting the lost, the lonely, and the fanatical with its formal rituals, its sense of belonging, and its intense emotions. Kapka Kassabova first set foot in a tango studio ten years ago and, from that moment, she was hooked. With the beat of tango driving her on and the music filling her head, she's danced across the world, from Auckland to Edinburgh, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, putting in hours of practice for fleeting moments of dance-floor ecstasy, suffering blisters and heart-break along the way. 
Here, in sparkling, spring-heeled prose, Kapka takes us inside the esoteric world of tango to tell the story of the dance, from its Afro roots to its sequined stars and back. Twelve Minutes of Love is a timeless tale of exile and longing, death and desire, love and belonging.

About the author

Image of Kapka KassabovaKAPKA KASSABOVA was born in Bulgaria in 1973, lived in New Zealand and now lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of two poetry collections, two travel guides, numerous travel essays, and the novel Villa Pacifica. She made her non-fiction debut with the acclaimed memoir Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria (2008) and her new book, Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story, about her decade-long love affair with the dance, will be published this November. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Vogue, and     More about the author

Portobello Books, Allen & Unwin in NZ & Australia, 1 December NZ$39.99 AU$35.00

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