Dancer is a novel based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev, written by Colum McCann and published in Contents. 1 Background; 2 Plot and structure; 3 Critical. Novelist Colum McCann’s Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is. From the acclaimed author of This Side of Brightness, the epic life and times of Rudolf Nureyev, reimagined in a dazzlingly inventive masterpiece-published to.

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I think McCann is an exquisite writer, and there were so many sentences that stopped me cold while I read the book, I had to re-read them, and then read them out loud to my companions. From his humble and poor Tatar upbringing, to when he studied at the famous Kirov in St Petersburg, to his jump to the west where he was adored by royalty and celebrities.

Colum McCann, admittedly one of my favorite writers Transcontinental, Let the Great World Spinwrote Dancer inand a new paperback edition with was on my library’s shelves.

He was sort of like a rumour. This is certainly one of the very best biographical novels I’ve ever read.

Dancer by Colum McCann

This is not a biography. Petersburg, sat for hours on end in the stairwells of apartment buildings, went to steambaths, sat in the grounds of military hospitals, walked the graveyards.

Who and what legislates what becomes a supposed fact? As a seven-year-old peasant boy inRudi dances for wounded soldiers in a hospital ward during World War II.

I am sure you know of his promiscuous behavior. He was bad tempered, obsessive and absolutely and completely devoted to his love of ballet.

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The Best Books of It goes back to the notion that you always fail. I realise that now. Is she my favorite narrator? In the 60’s he defects to Paris and news of his promiscuous, homosexual lifestyle was sent back home to his remaining family in order to smear his god-like status and dancing ability.

View all 4 comments. This book is alive with the pulsing passion of the best of ballet.

We see how this impac This is fiction, but based on the true life events of the famed Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev Right from the start when ‘Rudik’ was a child in the Soviet Union But the parts of the novel set in Russia are phenomenal, right from the opening which sums up the terrible experience of World War II in Russia in five pages of limpid prose and vivid imagery. You could not assume that if you heard one voice you knew which character was speaking sine there were many mccqnn characters than the five audiobook narrators.

Books of the Week. Rudi’s story colu told from the point of view of those nearest and dearest to him and while at times he seems almost completely unsympathetic based on his compulsive and diva like behaviors, the author strives to find his most human qualities and paints a beautiful picture of a haunted man.

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He is born out cklum violence and brought up during wartime. McCann has written semi-fiction, which I’ve seen before in a book called “Beautiful Ruins,” and “Dancer” is based on the life of Rudolph Nureyev.

It also offers a a sharp, enthralling and sometimes scarily acute antidote to the reams of generalised gush that have been written about Nureyev.

Retrieved 4 October I didn’t know much about Nureyev prior to reading “Dancer” but once I started reading it, I wanted to learn more. Balletomanes are the core audience for this novel, but Nureyev’s appeal transcends the world of dance and should attract plenty of general readers as well.


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I have just experienced WW2 in Ufa, Russia. And honestly, dance more than a paragraph of nebulous writing makes me annoyed. There is a brutal chapter filled with sex and drugs, read by one of the male narrators. Biographers, of cklum, are inhibited by facts, and most chroniclers of Nureyev’s life have balked at fantasising too freely about what it might have been like to inhabit his extraordinary body or just to know him.

This is fiction, but based on the true life events of the famed Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev A night on stage in London P It’s that he was one of the great ballet dancers of the 20th century and one of the greatest ever, if reviews and YouTube are to be believed.

Dacner kind of popped out of nowhere colu fed into the folk legend of Nuryev’s Studio 54 lifestyle. I am listening to an audiobook with superb narration by several narrators, men and women who expertly pronounce the Russian dialect. Feb 20, Gretchen rated it really liked it Shelves: Very interesting and of course great writing from Colum McCann. Journey not the destination, blahblahblah The book disappointed me.

This is not a comforting read, no fairy tale.

Well, because he mixes the tragedy of life with humor and beauty. It was very much a stylistic choice; probably something to do with the grace Nureyev held on mccabn not matching the complete chaos of his personal life. To ask other readers questions about Dancerplease sign up. I feel I understand him.