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" Acutely personal and sometimes painful to read, the book gives a first hand account of the many delights and agonies of working with Nureyev, by someone whose lifestyle and temperment was worlds apart. A personal memoir which fills in many gaps in the Nureyve story."
" van Dantzig's detailed, elegant and eloquent recounting of life backstage, arouses a better understanding of a star's pressured, disturbed, lonesome and physically driven existence."
--Books and Discs
" A must-read. Van Dantzig arouses a better understanding of the star's pressured, disturbed, lonesome and physically driven existence. "
" An eye-opening, firsthand testimony of the bond between artists."
--The Midwest Book Review
" Although Nureyev passed away more than 15 years ago, van Dantzig ensures that his influence as a dancer, friend, fighter, and realist will never be forgotten."
"An in-depth study of the behaviour of a great artist as a superstar and a human being, told by a particularly articulate associate who lived through both the glories and tragedy experienced in a quarter century of activity together."
"A novelist as well as a choreographer, van Dantzig takes us into the inner sanctum of Nureyev's world, the studio where day after day ballet dancers labor in class and rehearsal."
"Although van Dantzig alludes to Nureyev's sexual excesses, he never follows him on his nocturnal wanderings or opens bedroom doors; he leaves his privacy intact."
"Nureyev could ask for no better epitaph."
--The Russian Review