Dancer: A Novel (Picador Classics)

3.91 avg rating
( 3,576 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780312429027: Dancer: A Novel (Picador Classics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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 Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protégé 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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Colum McCann is the author of books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

From Dancer:
Just when we all thought they were finished, a small blond boy stepped out of the line. He extended his legs, placed his hands firmly on his hips and hitched his thumbs at his back. He bent his neck slightly forward, stretched his elbows out and began. The soldiers in their beds propped themselves up. The boy went to the floor for a squatting dance. We all stood silently watching. The boy grinned. Some soldiers began clapping in rhythm but, just as the dance was about to end, the boy almost fell. His hand slapped the floor and broke the impact. For a moment he looked as if he was about to cry, but he didn't, he was up once more, his blond hair flopping over his eyes.
When he finished the ward was full of applause. Someone offered the boy a cube of sugar. He blushed and slipped it into the top of his sock and then he stood around with his hands in his pockets, rolling his shoulders from side to side.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781250051790: Dancer: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1250051797 ISBN 13:  9781250051790
Publisher: Picador Modern Classics, 2015
Softcover

9781897580295: Dancer

Weiden..., 2003
Hardcover

9780805067927: Dancer: A Novel

Metrop..., 2003
Hardcover

9780312423186: Dancer: A Novel

Picador, 2004
Softcover

9780753817049: Dancer

Orion ..., 2003
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

McCann, Colum
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429029 ISBN 13: 9780312429027
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110312429029

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Colum McCann
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429029 ISBN 13: 9780312429027
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312429029

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Colum McCann
Published by Picador (2009)
ISBN 10: 0312429029 ISBN 13: 9780312429027
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312429029

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 80.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds