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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There is a magnificent and devastating power there. It was never my intention to leave.

Jag rekommenderar denna bok varmt. Retrieved from ” https: His best friends, Erik Bruhn who was his lover and Margot Fonteyn, did indeed love him, mcccann it perhaps it was because they understood and respected his passion for dance. McCann writes dancdr life story so beautifully I wish I could call it a biography; when I was about forty pages from the end I looked up Nureyev on Wikipedia having never heard of him before.

Who and what legislates what becomes a supposed fact?

How did that evolve? McCann writes with some distinct, succinct, almost punchy sentences which follow each other so danncer that the r Very brisk and rather quickly read. The book gives an account not only of Nureyev, but the people intertwined in his complicated life both in Russia and the west. She shoulders quite a lot of the narrative. It would have been nice to have the monologue “titled” at the beginning of the section. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Mar 07, Bondama rated it it was amazing. Dancer I had never read this early novel of his—so I picked up the deckle-edged paperback, and I was blown away. Paperbackpages. And that seemed to me particularly apt for a story about the reflections of a star, an international clum, in the lives of ordinary people.

They are certainly not well enough known to glue together the glittering fragments of this novel. He was forced to leave his family to become the dancer he longed to become.

Being Rudolf Nureyev

At an early age, something stands out about their child The latter include his childhood dance instructor, his sister, his dance partner, and his maid.

Colum McCann’s novel on the life of Rudolf Nureyev, one of colm most famous and lauded ballet dancers of the twentieth century, brings the biographical and the fictional into an intimate embrace.

Nor does he skimp on the coulm beauty of Margot Fonteyn, the leading ballerina of her time, and their matchless duets. You really get the sense of what it would be like to be a touring performer, seen of course through Rudi’s eyes specifically.

Dancer by Colum McCann

Each episode had a message, none were superfluous. As a writer you want to see inside the dark corners in order to make sense of the colu, that has already been swept clean or clean-ish by historians, critics, and journalists.

Politics is for fat men with cigars. The first person passages are from people peripheral to Nureyev’s story I suppose some of them of them dwncer complete fabrications – they are all very interesting characters.

He had me from the initial description of the Russian front and the building of the baths for the soldiers all the way through mids gay life in NYC, a dancer’s physical decline, and the end of several character’s lives.


I am a balletomane. Feb 09, Charlaralotte rated it really liked it Shelves: What I didn’t like was that at times I was confused by who was speaking. McCann mvcann what seems to be a somewhat exaggerated though essentially accurate portrait of the man- aggressive, sexy, willful, egocentric but with an equally irrefutable sensitivity and brutal sense of repressed loss. The lyrically powerful prose is seductive Descriptions of Nureyev’s childhood are littered with stark details of food shortages, cramped conditions, harsh officialdom, the huge, grim monolith of Soviet life that makes sense of the dancer’s violent coveting of art and luxury.

The sections narrated by different characters, some central and some marginal, create a kaleidoscopic effect.

Dancer Interview – Colum McCann

Through journal-like accounts and descriptive outside perspective writing styles, you get to know his first ballet teacher, his ballet shoe maker, his dance partners, his housekeeper, his best friend, and others equally.

I think the author has done a tremendous job. Today my son is training to be a professional ballet dance Dancer is a work of fiction about the life of Rudolf Nureyev. In all the thirty or so pages Victor is allowed to narrate, McCann doesn’t use a single period. Ideology is unavoidable, of course.

Jun 08, Isidora rated it it was amazing Shelves: