The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky, Vaslav Nijinsky
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The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
Unexpuragated Edtiion

Narrator: John Rubinstein

Unabridged: 9 hr 21 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 05/01/2009


A prodigy from his youth in Russia, Vaslav Nijinsky came to international fame as a principal dancer in Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. In December 1917, Nijinsky—by then 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. When psychosis struck, he imagined 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.