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  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103461
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Goodbye To Berlin




'The best prose writer in English' Gore Vidal

Christopher Isherwood introduces Sally Bowles in this pre-war Berlin novel.

Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin, evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people under threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.

  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103461
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939 he lived mainly abroad, spending four years in Berlin and writing the novels Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He moved to America in 1939, becoming a US citizen in 1946, and wrote another five novels, including Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, a travel book about South America and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the late 1960s and '70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, My Guru and His Disciple and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.

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Praise for Goodbye To Berlin

A brilliant semi-autobiographical account of early 1930’s Berlin.

Lonely Planet Magazine

A great talent

Guardian

Isherwood is a master of the emotionally cathartic moment, funny and perspicacious

Evening Standard

A masterpiece

The Economist

[A] reminder of a bygone era, powerfully capturing the energy and sleaze of Weimar-era Berlin

Independent

Reading this novel is much like overhearing anecdotes in a crowded bar while history knocks impatiently at the windows

John Sutherland, Guardian, 1000 novels everyone must read

Christopher Isherwood’s brilliant novel

Time Out

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