The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky: Unexpurgated Edition

The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky: Unexpurgated Edition


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The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky: Unexpurgated Edition by Vaslav Nijinsky

The astonishing, legendary diaries of the great dancer, complete and unexpurgated

In December 1917, Vaslav Nijinsky, the most famous male dancer in the Western world, moved into a Swiss villa with his wife and three-year-old daughter and began to go mad. This diary, which he kept in four notebooks over six weeks, is the only sustained, on-the-spot written account we have by a major artist of the experience of entering psychosis.

Nijinsky's diary was first published in 1936, in a heavily bowdlerized version that omitted almost half of his text. The present edition, translated by Kyril FitzLyon, is the first complete version in English and the first version in any language to include the fourth notebook, which was written at the very edge of madness. It contains Nijinsky's last lucid thoughts—on God, sex, war, and the nature of the universe, as well as on his own broken life. In her Introduction, the noted dance writer Joan Acocella explains the context of the diary and its place in the history of modernism.

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ISBN-13: 9780374526856
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Joan Acocella is the dance critic of The New Yorker, author of Mark Morris (FSG, 1993), and co-author of the textbook Abnormal Psychology.

Kyril Fitz Lyon has translated Tolstoy, Chekhov, and others from Russian and French.

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