January 08, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Nureyev: His Life

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Diane Solway
publisher
Morrow
genre
Nonfiction, Theater
We gave it an A

Nureyev: His Life is an absorbing biography of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who became an international media sensation at the height of the Cold War when he dramatically fled the Soviet Union to defect to the West. It gracefully blends epic sweep with human-scale insight. Diane Solway’s equitable account never fawns or veers as she probes the will to dance that propelled a peasant boy from oppressive Stalinist Russia to cosmopolitan superstar. Tracing everything from his stormy lifelong relationship with rival dancer Erik Bruhn and his symbiotic partnership with Dame Margot Fonteyn to his bold promiscuity and his final battle against age and AIDS, the book’s clear sense of the idiosyncratic transcends the political at every turn. A

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