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White Swan, Black Swan (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (edition 2002)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034543868X, Paperback)“Adrienne Sharp writes with breathtaking perception about the needs and desires of the body, its resilience and its vulnerabilities. Art, passion, history intersect with burning immediacy in this beautifully crafted book.”
–CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
Author of The Mistress of Spices
The world’s most famous choreographer becomes infatuated with a talented young dancer who proves both siren and muse . . . A rising star plunges into an affair with a principal but finds that the ecstasy on the stage cannot be matched in the bedroom . . . A dying legend reflects on the fading beauty of a life in motion, lost to everything but memory. In this beguiling collection, Adrienne Sharp captures the essence and passion of ballet and its fleeting world and translates them into unforgettable stories. White Swan, Black Swan heralds the arrival of a unerringly graceful new voice in American fiction.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:56 -0400)
"Each story plants the reader amid a cast of dancers who struggle - valiantly, playfully, fiercely - to find in the rigorous discipline and animating beauty of ballet a balance to the chaos of everyday life. In "Don Quixote, " the world's most famous choreographer becomes infatuated with a coltish young dancer who proves both siren and muse. In "Bugaku, " a rising star finds that the spotlight demands more of her than she had planned to give. The principals of the climactic title story enact an elaborate - and often violent - pas de deux offstage that fuels the white-hot chemistry when they perform. Many of the stories dare to imagine the inner lives of this past century's titans - Balanchine, Fonteyn, Nureyev, Ashton, and Godunov - which rival in complexity and pathos the classic dramas they perform onstage: La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Swan Lake."--BOOK JACKET.
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