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In November 1929, Christopher Isherwood - determined to become a 'permanent foreigner' - packed a rucksack and two suitcases and left England on a one-way ticket for Berlin. With incredible candour and wit, Isherwood recalls the decadence of Berlin's night scene and his route to sexual liberation. As the Nazis rise to power, Isherwood describes his dramatic struggle to save his partner Heinz from persecution.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 03/08/2012 ISBN-13: 9780099561071  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christopher Isherwood was born in 1904. He began to write at university and later moved to Berlin, where he gave English lessons to support himself. He witnessed first hand the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany and some of his best works, such as Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, draw on these experiences. He created the character of Sally Bowles, later made famous as the heroine of the musical Cabaret. Isherwood travelled with W.H Auden to China in the late 1930s before going with him to America in 1939. He died on 4 January 1986. His novel A Single Man was recently made into an award-winning film by Tom Ford, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

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I'm thrilled that Vintage are reissuing all of Christopher Isherwood's major works as he's my favourite writer. His books are a blend of autobiography and novel written in sharp, highly readable prose. This particular book, about Isherwood's time in Berlin, is more biographical than most and, written in the 1970's, is able to go into more detail than his earlier books -Goodbye To Berlin and Mr Norris Changes Trains - about the real reason why he was in Weimar German: to immerse himself in the gay scene. It's a wonderful book, but not Isherwood's very best. It's written for some reason in the third person, which is slightly detaching, and for that reason I've deducted a star. Otherwise, though, this is a fascinating glimpse into a subculture and an era.

- 28/04/2013
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