Rudolf Nureyev : The Life
Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's first pop icon. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement - both on and off stage.Nureyev's achievements and conquests became legendary: he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov's thrilling maverick star; slept with his beloved mentor's wife; defected to the West in l961; sparked Rudimania across the globe; gave his rabid sexuality full reign; established the most rhapsodic partnership in dance history with the middle-aged Margot Fonteyn; reinvented male technique; gatecrashed modern dance; moulded new stars; and staged Russia's unknown ballet masterpieces in the West. Julie Kavanagh's uncompromising and magnificent biography, ten years in the making, is a brilliant tribute to a superstar the world can never forget.
- Paperback | 848 pages
- 130 x 194 x 38mm | 621.42g
- 03 Jul 2008
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 3 x 16 page insets b&w photos
About Julie Kavanagh
Julie Kavanagh trained as a dancer at the Royal Ballet School, and is the author of Secret Muses: The Life of Frederick Ashton. She has worked as ballet critic of The Spectator; Arts Editor of Harpers & Queen; and London Editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She is married to the ex-Royal Ballet dancer, now dance film maker, Ross MacGibbon, and has two sons.
Magnificent...comprehensive and compulsively readable -- Simon Callow * The Guardian * The definitive biography, a gripping account of an extraordinary life -- Lynn Barber * Telegraph * She writes with flair and abundance * The Sunday Times * Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev, superstar, emerges in all his terribly flawed glory * Sunday Telegraph * The definitive biography, a gripping account of an extraordinary life -- Lynn Barber * Telegraph *
Magnificent...comprehensive and compulsively readable Simon Callow The Guardian