Rudolf Nureyev: The Life

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Born on a train in Stalin’s Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet’s first pop icon. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement – both on and off stage.

Nureyev’s achievements and conquests became legendary: he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov’s thrilling maverick star; slept with his beloved mentor’s wife; defected to the West in l961; sparked Rudimania across the globe; gave his rabid sexuality full reign; established the most rhapsodic partnership in dance history with the middle-aged Margot Fonteyn; reinvented male technique; gatecrashed modern dance; moulded new stars; and staged Russia’s unknown ballet masterpieces in the West.

Julie Kavanagh’s uncompromising and magnificent biography, ten years in the making, is a brilliant tribute to a superstar the world can never forget.

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Magnificent.comprehensive and compulsively readable (Simon Callow The Guardian)

The definitive biography, a gripping account of an extraordinary life (Lynn Barber Telegraph)

She writes with flair and abundance ( The Sunday Times)

Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev, superstar, emerges in all his terribly flawed glory ( Sunday Telegraph)

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`The book's subtitle deserves its definite article: this is the definitive study of [Nureyev]' Observer

`The definitive biography, a gripping account of an extraordinary life' Lynn Barber, Telegraph

`A meticulously researched and judiciously argued study which, as a record of Nureyev's career, will surely never be bettered' Daily Mail

`Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev, superstar, emerges in all his terribly flawed glory' Sunday Telegraph

`Engrossing...Kavanagh writes with authority, clarity and eloquence' Financial Times

`Magnificent...captures every facet of this extraordinary man...a profoundly moving account' Mail on Sunday

`Kavanagh is the ideal biographer for Rudolf Nureyev' Literary Review

'Magnificent...comprehensive and compulsively readable' Simon Callow, Guardian

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