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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Acocella Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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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. A prodigy from his youth in Russia, Nijinsky came to international fame as a principal dancer in Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. When psychosis struck, he began to imagine himself as married to God. Although he lived another 30 years, he never regained his sanity.

This diary, which he kept in four notebooks over six weeks, is Nijinsky's confession and his prophecy, the only sustained, on-the-spot account we have by a major artist of the experience of entering psychosis. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CHR. | 9/11/2013

    " He thinks he is god and than thinks he is not god; and that 180 pages long. Madness never was so boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/13/2012

    " This book is fanasinating to read. It's right at that brink of being sane and insane. The delicate desires mixed with the ravings of a mad man. It was also interesting to see how he kept getting fixated on some words and themes. SO many I wants'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 9/4/2011

    " these diary entries really make one question the line between art and madness. both romantic and painful to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 flo | 8/7/2011

    " I always finish books, but can't make it through this one. Although it's interesting, after a while it feels a little sad and voyeuristic. Nijinsky repeats and contradicts himself constantly, there's no real constant train of thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 8/6/2011

    " total freak. you get the feeling the term "free spirit" was coined specifically for him. i had no idea, what a creative force he was. he was a dancer in a truly golden age, when dancers were famous, and real artists. amazing life story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/29/2011

    " Few books are more heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caty | 5/23/2011

    " Lyrically beautiful. Account of yet another persecuted artist experiencing the emotional extremes we call "mental illness" b/c of the pressures of being exploited by his manager Dhiagelev. Read it too long ago, wanna read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aya | 1/19/2011

    " The mind of a genius in the midst of a storm of madness. Insane, beautiful, illuminated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aya | 12/19/2010

    " The mind of a genius in the midst of a storm of madness. Insane, beautiful, illuminated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caty | 6/12/2009

    " Lyrically beautiful. Account of yet another persecuted artist experiencing the emotional extremes we call "mental illness" b/c of the pressures of being exploited by his manager Dhiagelev. Read it too long ago, wanna read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/24/2009

    " This book is fanasinating to read. It's right at that brink of being sane and insane. The delicate desires mixed with the ravings of a mad man. It was also interesting to see how he kept getting fixated on some words and themes. SO many I wants'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 1/14/2009

    " total freak. you get the feeling the term "free spirit" was coined specifically for him. i had no idea, what a creative force he was. he was a dancer in a truly golden age, when dancers were famous, and real artists. amazing life story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yukie | 12/29/2008

    " This is a diary of an extraordinary danser. The usage of this "I" is especially interesting. I wonder whether he understood what he was writing in his diary... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 flo | 10/22/2007

    " I always finish books, but can't make it through this one. Although it's interesting, after a while it feels a little sad and voyeuristic. Nijinsky repeats and contradicts himself constantly, there's no real constant train of thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 4/18/2007

    " these diary entries really make one question the line between art and madness. both romantic and painful to read. "

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