Colum McCann: 'How does a Russian dancer enter the life of a kid in Dublin?'
A contented Irish writer in America, Colum McCann was inspired by the career of a much more troubled exile: Rudolf Nureyev. Julie Wheelwright met him in New York
11 January 2003
Everywhere in New York, it seems, there are people hungry to reveal their most extraordinary moments to anyone who will listen. Whether it's the lift operator on the subway or the beggars hitting you up for spare change or the waitress in your coffee shop, everyone here has a story. No wonder, then, that a Dublin writer with a drawerful of literary prizes in an era when to be Irish is deeply cool would choose to make his home here. Colum McCann is the Irish author of Fishing the Sloe Black River, This Side of Brightness and Everything in this Country Must whose latest novel Dancer, (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99) is based on the life of a quintessential New Yorker – the emigré Soviet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.more...
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