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Flight of the Swan

Flight of the Swan is the captivating tale of Madame, a world-famous Russian ballerina. In 1917, her dance troupe embarks on a South American tour while Russia is entrenched in World War I. Just as the tour begins, the Bolshevik Revolution takes place in Russia, stranding the dance troupe, without passports, for three months. During this time, Madame meets Diamantino, a local revolutionary in support of Puerto Rico's independence. Despite the mandate that all of her dancers remain chaste and avoid attachments, Madame falls desperately in love with the much younger man. Her connection to him heightens her sympathies for the populist movement and threatens the stability of intimate corps de ballet.

Narrated by Madame's devotee, Masha, the emotional affects of Madame's abandonment are evident. Distressed by her mentor's rash behavior, Masha attempts to warn her, but discovers rational explanations cannot counter true passion.

Grounded in Puerto Rico's rich history and culture, Flight of the Swan examines the complexities of love and betrayal, of civil duty and personal sacrifice. At its core, the book explores the power of art, the depth of Madame's commitment to dance, and her willingness to forsake everything for it.

Flight of the Swan
by Rosario Ferré

  • Publication Date: July 30, 2002
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume
  • ISBN-10: 0452283310
  • ISBN-13: 9780452283312