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I, Maya Plisetskaya

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Maya Plisetskaya, one of the world’s foremost dancers, rose to become a prima ballerina of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet after an early life filled with tragedy and loss. In this spirited memoir, Plisetskaya reflects on her personal and professional odyssey, presenting a unique view of the life of a Soviet artist during the troubled period from the late 1930s to the 1990s.

Hardcover, 472 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published September 1st 1991)
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Aug 06, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: venaja, elämäkerrat
Huomaan olevani Elämäkertoja Neuvosto-Venäjältä -putkessa. Olen lukenut tänä kesänä molemmat Haapasalot ja nyt tämän taipuisista käsivarsistaan tunnetun tanssijan elämäkerran. Vuonna 1925 syntynyt Maija Plisetskaja ehti kokea Neuvostoliiton kaikessa paskamaisuudessaan (lievempi adjektiivi ei olisi tehnyt tälle oikeutta). Toisin kuin moni muu aikansa kuuluisa tanssija, hän ei kuitenkaan koskaan loikannut länteen. Syitä kyllä olisi riittänyt!
Plisetskaja aloittaa tarinansa lapsuudestaan ja nuoruud
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May 01, 2015 Georgia Reed rated it it was amazing
The truth behind the Iron Curtain of ballet's greatest mother country, Russia. I know ballet didn't officially start here, but let's face it: Russia OWNS ballet now. And, Maya P. is a goddess, a warrior, and a miracle. Photographs of here dancing en pointe past the age of 60, looking like she's 30, and talking about eating cat food to survive on the salary Russia gave her even while throngs of fans worshipped her... this book is INSPIRING.
She is one of my all-time ballet heroines, and I hope som
May 06, 2016 Dina rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring story of a talented woman, who despite the overwhelming reining communist regime succeedes in making a brilliant career. The societal background is well-explained even to the Western readers, who haven't experienced life in the USSR, which seems quite unbelievably harsh and unfair at times. M.Plissetskaya is definitely one of those strong women, who understands the reality of a desperate situation, but maintains her fixity of purpose nethertheless. The book seems to frankly dis ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Anastasia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Читается очень тяжело. Майя Плисецкая всю жизнь вела дневник, в котором подробно записывала кто, когда и сколько зла ей сделал. А таких "недоброжелателей", судя по ее воспоминаниям, было очень много, практически весь руководящий класс СССР и, естественно, весь балетный мир. Это главная тема ее книги: взрывная смесь из мании преследования ("меня все всегда ненавидели"), цинизма ("никому никогда ничего не нужно было кроме денег, славы и власти"), ненависти к своему окружению и страшного злопамятст ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This one was tough to get through, as I wasn't really in the mood for a book that was so all over the place. To be fair, it was an acceptable format for memoirs. It did have some very interesting parts interspersed all through. But I did also get lost in the Russian names at some points.
Aug 24, 2008 Legwarmer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ballet fanatics
Her biography is truly amazing and you learn a lot about what ballet used to be like / how Russia was a couple of decades ago.
It also has some beautiful pictures of Maya!
Jan 01, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in dance
She has had an interesting life. I liked getting to hear about what it was like to live in Russia back in the day.
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Dec 26, 2015 Arevik Badalyan rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable, especially the parts where she wrote about her life with her husband, Rodion Shchedrin.
May 21, 2013 Olga rated it it was amazing
Amazing life, good book
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Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya (Russian: Майя Михайловна Плисецкая) is a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and actress, and is considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.[1] She danced during the Soviet era at the same time as the great Galina Ulanova, and in 1960 took over Ulanova's title as prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi. ...more
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