Nijinsky: A Life Hardcover – 2 May 2013
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Mesmerising...enthralling...atmospheric...meticulous and intelligent... Moore's descriptions of Nijinsky's eventual isolation from his sister, rejection by his wife, and how he remained locked in insanity for the rest of his life are unforgettable (Juliet Nicholson Daily Telegraph)
Superb biography... Moore recounts [Nijinsky's story] with scholarship, grace and imagination (Bee Wilson Sunday Times)
His final curtain was cruel, and Moore lowers the darkness with great tenderness (Guardian)
Highly readable and absorbing (The Lady)
Despite the sad, upsetting nature of Nijinsky's story, Moore's enjoyable biography does a fine job of explaining not only who Nijinsky was, but - once you peel away the glitter - why he really mattered (Scotsman)
She never loses sight of why Nijinsky's art was so great. The result is a captivating biography (Financial Times)
Highly intelligent, lucidly presented and consistently absorbing...a clear and objective picture of a tragically wounded genius (Rupert Christiansen Literary Review)
Lucid prose...The colour and the pain of an extraordinary life come across vividly (David Nice BBC Music Magazine)
The first major biography for forty years tells the tragic story of ballet's great revolutionary, Nijinsky.See all Product Description
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There are casualties, though - none greater than Diaghilev, who comes across as petty and vindictive and whose sole concern seems to be not the presentation of Russian art to the West (he was arguably the greatest impresario of the 20th century), but simply the seduction and then breaking of Nijinsky.
There are niggling errors, of the type that will probably only annoy dance historians -
• Olga and Anna Fedorova were not sisters - they were not related at all.
• Karsavina's first marriage was certainly not "loveless", as her letters attest (check my own Karsavina biography).
as well as the changing of dates to heighten the impact:
• a detailed description of Nijinsky taking class with Cecchetti during the historic 1909 Paris season - although Cecchetti did not join the Ballets Russes for another 2 years.
• a wonderful account of Nijinsky's performance as Harlequin in Carnaval at its Paris premiere in 1910 - a role he didn't take over for another year.
My main concern, however, is that the author has slanted ballet history in order to serve the myth of Nijinsky, the tortured genius.Read more ›
If you are interested in Ballet and the people who dance, this is a good read.
Some interesting details about choreography and the people who
contribute to the art of the Dance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative but nothing whatsoever about Nijinski. I read the book and I still don't know what kind of person he was.Published on 22 Aug. 2014 by Bernard Doring
very disappointing. Read review in newspaper that said it was fantastic - not my viewPublished on 11 July 2014 by mo hicks
The book is gracefully written, full of insight, and a full portrait of a fascinating individual in a tumultuous time.Published on 20 Dec. 2013 by Kiwi Findlay-Shirras
A fascinating, tragic subject whose life I had little idea of. While Moore does capture something of what it must have been like to see Nijinsky perform and the compelling life... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Helen Rowe