“Rudolf Nureyev–The Life” by Julie Kavanagh
I have never read 700 pages of biography with such intense interest. This book is so well written, making me feel like I was there observing the life of Nureyev up close and personal. Several times, tears swelled up in my eyes or just dropped involuntarily. Despite certain idiosyncratic streaks in his character and egocentricity, the one thing that stands out and inspires millions of people around the world is his fighting spirit. He fought for his art and what he believed in until the very last breath.
Overall, an amazingly well-written book, with enormous amount of research done. You will not only learn about Nureyev’s life but the development of the ballet world from the 50s right up to the 90s, plus lots of history about pop culture and art during the same period.