TWELVE MINUTES OF LOVE

A tango story

first Published Portobello November 2011

 

Shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Awards.

 

The Independent

 

'Travel writing is dead, long live great travel writing. From New Zealand, to Edinburgh, Berlin and Buenos Aires, part travelogue, part memoir, this is a sexy step through the myths around tango and its physical, emotional and psychological layers. You will want to learn.'

 

GQ

 

‘[Kassabova] skilfully weaves her evolution as a dancer around the history and meaning of the dance as well as around her private dramas … Her narrative, bubbly and brisk as it is, will entertain fellow dancers and fans of tango music and fellow wanderers.’

 

Times Literary Supplement

REVIEWS

 

‘An exquisitely crafted blending of travelogue, memoir, dance history and some seriously good writing on the human condition, it delves deep into the obsessive nature of tango and vividly depicts a world full of beauty and heartbreak, love and loss.’

 

The Independent

 

 

'Travel writing is dead, long live great travel writing. From New Zealand, to Edinburgh, Berlin and Buenos Aires, part travelogue, part memoir, this is a sexy step through the myths around tango and its physical, emotional and psychological layers. You will want to learn.' GQ ‘[Kassabova] skilfully weaves her evolution as a dancer around the history and meaning of the dance as well as around her private dramas … Her narrative, bubbly and brisk as it is, will entertain fellow dancers and fans of tango music and fellow wanderers.’

 

Times Literary Supplement

 

 

Kapka Kassabova is consumed by her subject, and her book is all the better for it … Warm, witty and deftly written, it’s an unapologetically personal tale, but in it Kassabova reveals so much more about tango’s allure and enigma than any more distanced study might

 

Time Out

 

 

Like the famous dance it depicts, this is a tale simmering with passion, love and trouble, with a strutting cast of likely and unlikelky types to match.

 

The Age, Australia

 

 

This is an exhilarating account of tango's adictive character. In this beautifully crafted book, Kassabova expresses tango's power and ritual, and its ability to reveal each person's dance personality. With a neat twist, she ultimately exposes its illulsions, locating its place in a journey that is both personal and universal.

 

The NZ Listener

 

 

Kapka Kassabova leads us on a journey over time and across continents. But above all, a journey of the heart

 

Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love

 

 

This is more than a book about dancing. It is about people, places, movement, love, trouble, a journey. I was so gripped, I booked a tango lesson at one of the London clubs mentioned in this book. Read it and dance.

 

Monique Roffey, author of With the Kisses of His Mouth

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Czech cover

Bulgarian cover

Russian cover