Dancer (Paperback)

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Taking his inspiration from biographical facts, novelist Colum McCann tells the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protege from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan street hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set. Spanning four decades and many worlds, from the horrors of the Second World War to the wild abandon of New York in the eighties, Dancer is peopled by a large cast of characters, obscure and famous: doormen and shoemakers, nurses and translators, Margot Fonteyn, Eric Bruhn and John Lennon. And at the heart of the spectacle stands the artist himself, willful, lustful, and driven by a never-to-be-met need for perfection.

About the Author


COLUM MCCANN is the internationally bestselling author of six novels, including the National Book Awardwinning Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three chidren.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250051790
ISBN-10: 1250051797
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Picador Modern Classics