This is not a biography it s a story a novel a tale For a long time I toyed with the idea of calling it a false portrait Taken from Colum McCann s interview online This is the story of the lif
" This is not a biography, it's a story, a novel, a tale. For a long time I toyed with the idea of calling it a false portrait"Taken from Colum McCann's interview online. This is the story of the life of Russian Dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the people that surrounded him and for me it was the surrounding characters that took centre stage in this superbly written novel.I have read a few of McCann's novels some I have liked better than others but this story from the first chapter where Russian Soldiers returning from the Eastern front after World War II are entertained by the young Nureyev had me hooked.I am not a fan of Ballet and knew very little about the life of Nureyev and really had little interest in this book until I saw it was available in Whisper sync and I really love reading and listening to a book especially I want the correct pronunciation of foreign names people and places. The audio book for Dancer is excellent with different narrators for different characters and I didn't find it at all confusing switching between characters. McCann weaves his magic and tells an astonishing and quite believable story. The characters themselves are so wide and varied and the story is told from their viewpoints which makes this book so compelling.While I was quite interested in the story of Rudof, I was fascinated by the story of those he left behind in Russia and in life in general as it was through their voices we hear the real story. I am not sure I would have liked or cared for the dancer himself but I certainly appreciate his art and how hard he worked for the love of dance. There were times in the story when I didn't care for the scenes of sex or drugs and readers may not like this aspect of the story but I do understand that it belonged in the book. There is so much about this book that I loved, Colum McCann is a passionate writer and few authors match his insight, attention to detail and searing prose.This powerful story will loiter in my mind and already I have played wonderful You Tube videos of Interviews and ballet performances by by Rudolf and his partner Margot Fonten.Good Dancer By Colum McCann go inside Books 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 prot g from the stunted life of his provincial town Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet 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 prot g 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 two collections of short stories and four novels, including This Side of Brightness, Dancer and Zoli, all of which were international best sellers His newest novel Let the Great World Spin will come out in 2009 His fiction has been published in 26 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Paris Review and other places He has written for numerous publications including The Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Republicca, Paris Match, The New York Times, the Guardian and the Independent In 2003 Colum was named Esquire magazine s Writer of the Year Other awards and honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Irish Independent Hughes and Hughes Sunday Independent Novel of the Year 2003, and the 2002 Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame for Irish Literature His short film Everything in this Country Must, directed by Gary McKendry, was nominated for an Academy Award Oscar in 2005 Colum was born in Dublin in 1965 and began his career as a journalist in The Irish Press In the early 1980 s he took a bicycle across North America and then worked as a wilderness guide in a program for juvenile delinquents in Texas After a year and a half in Japan, he and his wife Allison moved to New York where they currently live with their three children, Isabella, John Michael and Christian Colum teaches in Hunter College in New York, in the Creative Writing program, with fellow novelists Peter Carey and Nathan Englander Colum has completed his new novel, Let the Great World Spin It is scheduled for release in the U.S on June 23 rd, 2009 An extract was published in the Paris Review in fall 2008 The British and Irish release will be in August, while European publishers will quickly follow up in what amounts to an unprecedented international publication in September 2009 The novel begins in August 1974 as a tightrope walker makes his way through the dawn light across the World Trade Center towers, stunning thousands of watchers below Using the true story of Philippe Petit as a pull through metaphor, McCann crafts a portrait of the city and a people There s Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, who struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the burning Bronx A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn the sons who died in Vietnam they soon discover how much divides them even in their grief Further uptown, Tillie, a 38 year old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenaged daughter, determined not only to take care of her babies but to prove her own worth Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann s powerful allegory of 9 11 comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the tightrope walker s artistic crime of the century McCann s most ambitious work to date, Let the Great World Spin has already been described as a triumphant American novel Let the Great World Spin will be published June 30th Advance copies will be available here on GoodReads. A viral Ebook Dancer "Dancer"......by Colum McCann is a breathtaking tribute the Russian Ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev...... I mean BREATHTAKING!!!!!This book is a novel, yet Colum McCann took his inspiration from biographical facts from Rudolf's life. WOW.... and what a story!!! Captivating....spanning over four decades. The lyrically powerful prose is seductive....intimate....bigger than life...."dazzling"!!!!Right from the start when 'Rudik' was a child in the Soviet Union ( 1941-1956)...we are transported back to the horrors of war. Injured soldiers were being cared for by women. Children have come to entertain their Russian Folk dance. A soldier with an amputated leg on crutches from tree branches caught Rudik's fascination. His mother couldn't afford carpet in his house.... so between the two, we see a 7 year old's imagination at work. He started spinning on one foot on his own wood floor in his own house. I thought of 'ALL THE PARENTS' who had these type of determined kids. At an early age, something stands out about their child....a PASSION - 'very young'. Rudolf was one of them. Years later ....A night on stage in London.... still only in in 20's:"Rudi's body was a thing of the most captivating beauty--hard lines at his shoulders, his neck striated with muscle, enormous thighs, his calf muscles twitching. He took his partner in the air and spun her with remarkable lightness". Part of a letter to his sister, Tamara, back home in Leningrad ( 1961 -1964)"You choose to say my life is a circus now. Nothing is simple, Tamara, not even your attempts at simplification. Why did I do it? It was never my intention to leave. I could have stayed, but if you tread water long enough it is possible you might never learn to swim. I meant nothing by it. Politics is for fat men with cigars. It is not for me. I am a dancer. I live to dance. That is all". In the way that I passionately love author Amor Towles writing .... Colum McCann, too, writes floating novels. Every sentence is exhilarating!!! "Poverty lust sickness envy hope"
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