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Otis Stuart
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Perpetual Motion

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
With his electrifying leaps and volatile personality—both onstage and off—Rudolf Nureyev changed the role of the male ballet dancer for all time. A star from the moment of his celebrated defection in 1961, Nureyev was an instant sensation in the dance world, the first male ballet performer to become an international sex symbol. His partnership with Dame Margot Fonteyn live ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1995 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published February 1st 1995)
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Tim Evanson
Biographies of the legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev are plentiful, but this work was the first to come out after his death from AIDS in 1992.

Unfortunately, the book reads like hagiography. Most hagiography is blatantly positive, but Stuart tries hard to present both the positive and negative aspects of Nureyev's personality. Where it becomes hagiography is in the prose style, which is so feathery and amorphous that one gets the feeling of reading a gushing dance review rather than clear-ey
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Alina Manevskaya
This is the first book that I read about Rudolf Nureyev. Otis Stuart wrote a brilliant account of an international ballet star, whose lust for perfection was as strong as his desire to sacrifice his life for the sake of art. Rudolf Nureyev's 10-years struggle with an incurable disease was described with such emotional intensity that made me feeling he is the person who can be admired as an example of heroic resistance.
Emma Richler
I have a deep dislike for the occasionally camp style of the writing in a book otherwise distinguished for a lack of insight and erudition. Opportunistic.
Leyla
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
might have been a great book but for the salacious over emphasis on the slimy homosexual aspect of his life.
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