Nijinsky: A Life of Genius and Madness

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The intoxicating story of one of greatest dancers in the history of ballet—and the paradox of his profound genius and descent into madness.Vaslav Nijinsky was unique as a dancer, interpretive artist, and choreographic pioneer. His breathtaking performances with the Ballet Russe from 1909 to 1913 took Western Europe by storm. His avant-garde choreography for The Afternoon of the Faune and The Rite of Spring provoked riots when performed and are now regarded as the foundation of modern dance.Through his liaison ...
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The intoxicating story of one of greatest dancers in the history of ballet—and the paradox of his profound genius and descent into madness.Vaslav Nijinsky was unique as a dancer, interpretive artist, and choreographic pioneer. His breathtaking performances with the Ballet Russe from 1909 to 1913 took Western Europe by storm. His avant-garde choreography for The Afternoon of the Faune and The Rite of Spring provoked riots when performed and are now regarded as the foundation of modern dance.Through his liaison with the great impresario Diaghilev, he worked with the artistic elite of the time. During the fabulous Diaghilev years he lived in an atmosphere of perpetual hysteria, glamor, and intrigue. Then, in 1913, he married a Hungarian aristocrat, Romola de Pulszky, and was abruptly dismissed from the Ballet Russe. Five years later, he was declared insane. The fabulous career as the greatest dancer who ever lived was over.Drawing on countless people who knew and worked with Nijinsky, Richard Buckle has written the definitive biography of the legendary dancer.
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Editorial Reviews

The Times Literary Supplement
“This will be the definitive biography for decades.”
Sacheverell Sitwell
“This book is the equivalent to a last opportunity to attend the golden age of the Russian Ballet. Buckle makes those golden pre-war summers live again.”
Rebecca West - Sunday Telegraph
“Those not born in a time to see the most extraordinary of all male dancers will realize that all they have heard from their elders is true.”
Sunday Telegraph
“Those not born in a time to see the most extraordinary of all male dancers will realize that all they have heard from their elders is true.”— Rebecca West
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605985145
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 10/16/2013
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 632,926
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Buckle was one of the leading authorities on Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe. He was the ballet critic of the London Observer and the Sunday Times in London and was a pallbearer at Nijinsky’s funeral in 1950. Richard died in 2001.
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    Posted September 6, 2013

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    Hawkkit's Destiny~Chapter 1

    Starryfur padded down the path to camp, a clump of coltsfoot in her mouth. The sun was warm on her pelt and the smell of prey mingled with the scent of young leaves, grass, dew, and rich, fertile dirt, making a sweet newleaf perfume that uplifted Starryfur's senses. Although she was tired from today -Mistkit and Palekit had eaten the entire coltsfoot stock on a dare- and annoyed with the mischievious two, she could always find solace in the forest, which would comfort her like her own mother. Since her mentor died, leaving her StoneClan's leading medicine cat, she had nearly buckled under the stress. Now, she knew that she could confide in the trees, the sky, and the ground. And StarClan. Starryfur kept walking. She must remember that Butterflyclaw had to take a dose of honey for her cough, and some marigold for Rivertooth's infected rat bite. Suddenly, a scream split the air. Starryfur jumped, dropping the coltsfoot. The scream was coming from the StoneClan camp. Starryfur abandoned the coltsfoot and sprinted full speed toward camp. Bursting through the entrance, her heart stopped. Her older sister, Lakefish, lay weakly on the ground, screeching. Her kit-swollen belly was more prominent than ever. Her mate Amberlight was beside her. Starryfur ran to her sister's side. Lakefish was beautiful even in pain, kitting. Her glossy brown fur, her wide blue eyes were still the same. Starryfur, although born in the same litter, couldn't have been more different. Starryfur was short and stocky. Lakefish was delicate and graceful. Starryfur had black and white spotted fur and slightly small amber eyes. Lakefish had caramel fur and sparkling blue eyes. Starryfur ran to the medicine den, snatching a stick, water soaked moss, and raspberry leaves. She placed the stick carefully between the kitting queen's jaws and placed a paw on her belly. Lakefish wailed through her teeth and writhed back and forth. There was a wet sound and a tiny kit fell on the ground. Starryfur expertly nipped the sac and stared. The kit was stillborn. It lay, in a little pile of wet fur, unmoving. Taking a deep breath, Starryfur turned away and looked at Lakefish. Her eyes widened in horror. Blood was pooling out around Lakefish. In panic, she fed her sister some rasperry leaves, hoping it would stop the blood. It didn't. Lakefish was crying worse than ever, and Amberlight was looking at the blood with a horrified look. The next kit was also born dead. Starryfur closed her eyes. Oh StarClan, please let my sister live and also the next kit that is born. Suddenly, with a gush of blood, Lakefish gave birth to her last kit. As Starryfur nipped the birth sac open, the kit gave forth a loud wail. It was alive! Starryfur could have thanked StarClan then and there, except that she turned and saw Lakefish. Lakefish's beautiful dark fur was sticky and matted with blood. Her eyes were bloodshot. "S-Starry...Starry...fur," she rasped. "Take care...take care...of my...kit..." she choked and blood dribbled down the corners of her mouth. "H-h-help Amberlight. Help...him. His name...the kit's name..." she stopped. "Hawkkit." Starryfur was shaking. "No, Lakefish, you must care for Hawkkit. He's your-" Lakefish cut her off. "I...l...can't. You must...." she turned to her mate. "Amber..light...don't...mourn me...find...a new...mate...care for Hawkkit..." she closed her eyes. Starryfur then knew her sister had truly left. "Noooooooooooooo!" She wailed to the sky. "Noooooooooo!"

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