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Rudolf Nureyev : the life

Author: Julie Kavanagh
Publisher: London : Fig Tree, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From his birth on a train in Siberia at the height of Stalin's Terrors, Rudolf Nureyev's life was extraordinary. His career was decided at the age of eight, and nine years later, leaving his Tatar peasant family behind him, he realized his dream of studying at the Kirov's school. This account of Nureyev's Leningrad years focuses on a teacher of genius who moulded the late starter into a star; the guilty affair with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rudolf Nureyev; Rudolʹf Ch Nureev; Rudolf Nureyev
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Kavanagh
ISBN: 9781905490158 1905490151
OCLC Number: 261911038
Awards: Commended for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008.
Shortlisted for Theatre Book Prize 2007.
Shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2007.
Description: viii, 787 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Julie Kavanagh.

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Contains the biography of Rudolf Nureyev based on private papers, diaries and home-movie footage. This book covers major points of his life from his birth on a train in Siberia at the height of  Read more...

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