About this book
The authorized biography of the extraordinary dancer, born on a train at the height of Stalin's terrors, who revolutionised male dancing, dramatically defected to the West, helped reinvent the career of Margot Fonteyn and was one of the earliest victims of AIDS. An uncompromising and critically acclaimed biography, based on 10 years' research, and a fitting tribute to this ballet superstar. 'Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev... emerges in all his terribly flawed glory' "Sunday Telegraph".
Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's pop icon. 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; and, sparked Rudimania across the globe.