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  • Published: 19 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986905
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 800
  • RRP: $24.99

Rudolf Nureyev

The Life


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The incredible story of the 20th century's superstar ballet dancer, soon to be a major film by Ralph Fiennes.

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 1961; sparked Rudimania across the globe; 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. He and his life were simply astonishing.

  • Pub date: 19 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986905
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 800
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Julie Kavanagh

Julie Kavanagh trained as a dancer at the Royal Ballet School, and is the author of Secret Muses: The Life of Frederick Ashton. She has worked as ballet critic of The Spectator; Arts Editor of Harpers & Queen; and London Editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She is married to the ex-Royal Ballet dancer, now dance film maker, Ross MacGibbon, and has two sons.

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