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- File Size: 632 KB
- Print Length: 459 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611091470
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing (13 Mar. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LMNE18
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story focuses on Giulietta and Damian, a dancing duo who approach dangerous territory as their interpretations of dance emerge alongside their passionate love affair. The depth and complexity of Giulietta's relationship with Damian determines her path towards independence. It signifies hope that their love will prevail, even as the stakes rise and the odds appear to be against them.
Identity is a key issue within the plot, as international strangers converse and unify to unravel mysteries and tie up loose ends. I was fully engaged in Giulietta's journey towards finding her true self and Damian. They are essentially written as two strong-willed protagonists whose mutual love is threatened by secret agendas and complicated pasts.
A novel which draws attention to performing arts, political conflict, foreign cultures and forbidden love; FATAL TANGO is an irresistible page-turner and a delight to read! Highly recommended.
The novel's great strength lies in its dancing sequences, readers ending up knowing far more about the tango than they ever did. Also strong are descriptions of two cities. Some are amusing: a visitor's observations about contrasts in Berlin; a guidebook's off-putting details about Buenos Aires (every two hours a badly maintained elevator expected to plummet). More serious revelations greatly perturb: in both countries people on high frantically striving to conceal evidence of major past atrocities.
Less convincing are certain other aspects - attempts at suspense rather creakingly contrived; intense emotions sometimes simply not ringing true. Some may feel Giulietta offputtingly comes over as a neurotic stalker, her motives unconvincing. Damian, however, intrigues. Why labelled "El loco"? Why considered mad, seemingly so keen to alienate, a law unto himself?
So, a mixture enhanced by genuine surprises and moments that soar. One feels, though, the author is less at ease when away from the dance.
Actually, there was a good reason for me giving this a try: an interview with Fleishhauer that I read where he talks about the coded aspect of the dance. I was sold by this "code" feature. I'm an easy mark for codes in unlikely places and with unusual meanings.
Originally (and better) titled "Three Minutes with Reality", the book is about a young couple finding each other in Berlin. She, Giuletta, is a ballet student/professional. He, Damian, is a tango dancer of some renown/notoriety. Events conspire to bring them together for that short while and then separate them when he disappears.
She, unbelievably, travels to Argentina to find him. I know, I know, this is a premise that just has to be accepted. Otherwise, stop reading the book early on. They meet in Berlin; have a fling; he pulls a disappearing act. Gee. That's never happened before. Except, it has never happened before to nineteen year old Giuletta.
The rest of the book is a suspense story about Damien's actions, the code within the tango, tragedy, confusion, ballet, and discovery. Of course, it's also about Giuletta growing up. For the reader, it is a story that has enjoyable moments if read for the surface story. Some depth is lacking, but the story did keep me reading to the end. (Many don't.)
I would be interested in reading more of Fleishhauer's books. There was enough positive about this book for me to "like" it, even with its flaws. Per Amazon, that's four stars.
(Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader's Copy from the Amazon US Vine program.)
There is passion and desire all mixed up in a thrilling tale.
This book was compelling from the very start and we learn more and more which adds to the intrigue.
Along the way, there is tango and ballet.
A recommended holiday read if you like a well written thriller.
Translated into English from the original German by the author, who works as a conference interpreter, the book is easy to read, although in places the style is rather odd. Fleischhauer has a habit of peppering the reader with constant questions to communicate his heroine's sense of confusion, which can get a bit wearing, but in other places the descriptions of music and dance and masterly and evocative. The last stages of the book provide what amounts to a grounding in Argentinian history if all you know is "Evita" and Che. What you learn is profoundly shocking, rather like the denouement of the book, which echoes all the tragedy and farce of classical ballet and all the passion and despair of tango. An unusual and worthwhile read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done- have enjoyed this book this weekend - excellent twists and turns and not quite the line of plot at the end- recommended.Published 14 months ago by avid british reader
Set in the Berlin of 1999, `Fatal Tango' is a cleverly written story of classical ballet and the Argentinian tango. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Terry D
Enjoyed this book very much first time I have read anything by this Author.Published 18 months ago by davidteales
This is a book for Tango fans which weaves an intriguing narrative and love story with asorbing information about the background of Tango itself. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michele Berrie
Giulietta is a ballet dancer who meets Damian a Tango dancer, the passion between them is consuming. Read morePublished 19 months ago by elsie purdon
There are many genres this could fall into: romance, mystery, historical, drama. The book is about a young couple finding each other in Berlin. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andy O'Boogie
Full of twists and turns, the author takes you on a vivid journey. You can almost feel the presence of the Tango dancers as you read.Published 21 months ago by Sharon
Loved it! So different, brilliantly written and left me wanting more. I couldn't find any more of Wolfram's work in English so very disappointed about that :(Published 22 months ago by lorraine jones