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Dancer Colum McCann

Dancer By Colum McCann

Dancer by Colum McCann

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A tour de force about the life of a dancer from one of Ireland's most acclaimed writers.

Dancer Summary

Dancer by Colum McCann

This novel opens with a scene of war which is destined to become a classic: trudging back from the front through a ravaged and icy wasteland, their horses dying around them, their own hunger rendering them almost savage, the Russian soldiers are exhausted as they reach the city of Ufa, desperate for food and shelter. They find both, and then music and dance. And there, spinning unafraid among them, dancing for the soldiers and anyone else who'll watch him, is one small pale boy, Rudolf. This is Colum McCann's dancer. Rudolf, a prodigy at six years old, became the greatest dancer of the century, redefined dance, rewrote his own life, and died of AIDS before anyone knew he had it. This is an extraordinary life transformed into extraordinary fiction by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. One kind of masculine grace is perfectly matched to another in Colum McCann's beautiful and daring novel.

Dancer Reviews

A remarkable novel loosely based on the life of world famous dancer Rudolf Nureyev by the author of This Side of Brightness. Rudik, as the boy is called, appears at the beginning aged six, dancing for weary Russian troops trudging back from the front through a wasteland of ice and snow to the city of Ufa. We follow his life with his parents and his problems with the father who wanted him to become a military commissar. When he slunk off to watch ballet, his father beat him. This tale of the boy who became the greatest dancer in the world is made into fascinating fiction by a master craftsman.

About Colum McCann

Colum McCann was born in 1965. He has won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and been nominated for both the IRISH TIMES Fiction Prize and the Impac Prize. He has travelled widely and is currently based in New York with his wife and two young children.

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Dancer by Colum McCann
Used - Very Good
Orion Publishing Co
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