Twelve Minutes of Love

A Tango Story

Kapka Kassabova

Published: 5 July 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781846272851

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Published: 3 November 2011
Hardback, A5
148x210mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781846272844

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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

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KAPKA KASSABOVA was born in Bulgaria in 1973 and now lives in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of two poetry collections, two travel guides, numerous travel essays, and the mystery 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 is Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story, about her decade-long love affair with the dance. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Vogue, and More about the author




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