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Rudolf Nureyev By Julie Kavanagh

Rudolf Nureyev
by Julie Kavanagh

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Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's pop icon. 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; and, sparked Rudimania across the globe.
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Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh

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.

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Rudolf Nureyev Reviews


Magnificent, compulsively readable * Guardian *
A gripping account of an extraordinary life * Daily Telegraph *
Magnificent, a triumph. Captures every facet of this extraordinary man * Mail on Sunday *
Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev, superstar, emerges in all his terribly flawed glory * Sunday Telegraph *
The definitive study of a man who, in his combination of aesthetic grace and psychological grime, can truly be called a sacred monster * Observer *
Julie Kavanagh writes with flair and abundance * The Sunday Times *
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 *

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.

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GOR010104103
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh
Julie Kavanagh
Used - Like New
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2008-07-03
848
0141029692
9780141029696
Short-listed for Whitbread Book Awards: Biography Category 2007 Short-listed for Theatre Book Prize 2007 Long-listed for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.