The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky

Author: Waslaw Nijinsky,Joan Ross Acocella,Kyril Fitzlyon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780252073625

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 311

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In his prime, Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) was the most celebrated man in Western ballet--a virtuoso and a dramatic dancer such as European and American audiences had never seen before. After his triumphs in such works as the Specter of the Rose and Petrouchka, he set out to make ballets of his own, and with his Afternoon of a Faun And The Rite of Spring, created within a year of each other, he became ballet's first modernist choreographer. Then, still in his twenties, he began to go mad. For six weeks in early 1919, As his tie to reality was giving way, Nijinsky kept a diary--the only sustained daily record we have, by a major artist, Of the experience of entering psychosis. In some entries he is filled with hope. He is God; he will save the world. In other entries, he falls into a black despair. He is dogged by sexual obsessions and grief over World War I. Furthermore, he is afraid that he is going insane. The diary was first published in 1936, In a version heavily bowdlerized by Nijinsky's wife. The new edition, translated by Kyril FitzLyon, Is the first complete and accurate English rendering of this searing document. In her introduction, noted dance critic Joan Acocella tells Nijinsky's story and places it in the context of early European modernism. Joan Acocella is the dance critic forThe New Yorker. She is the author ofMark MorrisandCreating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder

The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky

Author: Waslaw Nijinsky,Vaslaw Nijinsky

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520009455

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 187

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00 Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950), the "God of Dance," was on the verge of a mental breakdown when he wrote this diary as an outlet for his views on religion, art, love, and life. The diary provides unique insight into the inner life of a highly gifted but mentally disturbed creative genius. Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950), the "God of Dance," was on the verge of a mental breakdown when he wrote this diary as an outlet for his views on religion, art, love, and life. The diary provides unique insight into the inner life of a highly gifted but mentally disturbed creative genius.