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bswan, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by bswan)
Dancer is a fictionalized account of the great Soviet dancer Vladimir Nabukov. McCann breathes life into a host of characters who knew Nabukov, both in Soviet Russia and then in the West after he defected. The story is at turns exhilarating and tragic, but never dull, thanks to McCann's beautiful prose. If you liked either of his more famous books, Zoli, or Let the Great World Spin, you will enjoy this earlier novel as well
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suke521, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by suke521)
this is a great read about Rudolph Nureyev, larger than life 20th century artist and Cold War defector. wonderful weave of his family, his first teacher's family and his closest confidantes and their ties to him.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429027
Author:
Mccann, Colum
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
McCann, Colum
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biographical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Synopsis" by , Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told 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.

Colum McCann is the author of the novels This Side of Brightness and Songdogs, as well as the story collections Everything in This Country Must and Fishing the Sloe-Black River. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, he has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award, the 2002 Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award, as well as being nominated as finalist to the IMPAC Prize. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he currently lives with his wife and children in New York City. A Russian peasant who became an international legend, a Cold War exile who inspired the adoration of millions, an artist whose name was a byword for genius, sex, and excess. The magnificence of Rudolf Nureyev's life and work is known, but now Colum McCann reinvents this erotically charged figure through the light he shed on the lives of those who knew him.

Spanning four decades and many worlds, from the killing fields of World War II to the wild abandon of New York's gaudy eighties, Dancer is peopled by a large cast of characters, obscure and famous, real and imagined. Shoemakers, nurses, translators, and hustlers take the stage alongside Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn, and Andy Warhol. At the heart of this lavish spectacle stands the artist himself, willful, lustful, ambitious, and driven by a never-to-be-met need for perfection.

Writing in ecstatic prose, as if inhabited by the spirit of his extraordinary subject, Colum McCann evokes the distinct consciousness of the man and the glittering reflection of the myth. The result is a monumental twentieth-century story of love, art, fame, and exile. A beautiful, floating novel about Nureyev's life and art.--The New York Times Book Review

McCann is a consummate stylist who nonetheless imbues his fiction with the cold stamp of reality.--The Boston Globe

Exuberant and exhilarating . . . A brilliant leap of imagination.--San Francisco Chronicle

The goal of a book like this is to catch the spirit of the person and his age. It's a tall order, and one that Dancer pulls off brilliantly.--The Seattle Times

Fascinating . . . A triumph of voice . . . McCann's fluid lyricism brilliantly conveys Nureyev's towering professional achievement and the wasteland of his personal life.--Newsday

Dancer is the most breathtaking tribute to Nureyev since Jamie Wyeth's famous paintings.--Esquire

Remarkable: What McCann imagines so beautifully is the way a hero walks through life somewhat differently from the rest of us, the mere breeze of his passing setting off a thousand ripples of change, both good and bad.--Salon

An impressive evocation of life on three continents in the last half of the twentieth century . . . McCann's talent lies in imagining a life staged so publicly by creating the intimate lives and stories of those only watching from the wings.--The Houston Chronicle

Dazzling . . . an intimate portrait . . . Dancer is bigger than the dance, bigger than biography, too. . . . Relish McCann's dizzy, fascinating glimpse.--The Miami Herald

Breathtaking . . . Every sentence sounds new and beautiful, no matter how often it's read.--USA Today

McCann writes as if the fate of the world depends on it. Worry not, the world is saved: Dancer is a masterpiece.--Aleksandar Hemon, author of Nowhere Man

Nureyev took a leap from Soviet Russia to Paris and the postwar New York of Andy Warhol--a vertiginous leap. The reader follows, entering lives lived at the opposite poles of human experience and feeling, as in childhood, the extraordinary and terrible largeness of the world: blood and dancing, massive choirs and solitary monologues. Colum McCann is a precise and uncanny listener. And so an unforgettable storyteller.--John Berger, author of The Shape of a Packet

Dancer has the wingspan of a great Russian novel, which is only fitting for an imagined life of Rudolf Nureyev. This is the book you'll want to take on a long plane ride; you'll be so seduced you'll sip the wine and eschew the dinner. And you'll admire Colum McCann for taking big chances--war, Russia, ballet, life in three continents, the pursuit of beauty. The writing issues from a knowing and compassionate heart: hard, when necessary, as the frozen ground of wartime Leningrad; supple and liturgical as Nureyev raising Fonteyn to heaven.--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

Rudolf Nureyev was an extremely complex person, yet Colum McCann has admirably captured the essence of this great man.--Maria Tallchief, prima ballerina

McCann writes as if the fate of the world depends on it. Worry not, the world is saved. Dancer is a masterpiece.--Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Lazarus Project

I finished Dancer several days ago and am still spinning. This is a beautiful book, layered with all the nuance and sweat and disciple that accompanied Nureyev's genius. In the purity of the storytelling, in its flawless narrative construction, this is prose that is itself a dance.--Jeffrey Lent, a

"Synopsis" by ,
Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protégé 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.

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