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First published in the 1930s, The Berlin Stories contains two astonishing related novels, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin, which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction. Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and cafés; marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers; dangerous, with its vice and intrigue; powerful and seedy, with its mobs and millionaires — this is the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power.

The Berlin Stories is inhabited by a wealth of characters: the unforgettable Sally Bowles, whose misadventures in the demimonde were popularized on the American stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am A Camera and Liza Minnelli in Cabaret; Mr. Norris, the improbable old debauchee mysteriously caught between the Nazis and the Communists; plump Fräulein Schroeder, who thinks an operation to reduce the scale of her Büste might relieve her heart palpitations; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.

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"Sally Bowles took center stage in the book's musical adaptation, Cabaret, but the theatrical version can't match the power and richness of the original." Time (100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th-Century)

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"The best prose writer in English." Gore Vidal

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"In Isherwood's work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and, no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time." New York Times Book Review

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A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.

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Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), perhaps the first major openly gay writer to be read extensively by a wider audience, was one of the most distinguished authors of the 20th century. His literary friendships encompassed such writers as W. H. Auden, E. M. Forster, Stephen Spender, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Somerset Maugham.

Armistead Maupin is the author of nine novels including the six-volume Tales of the City series and Michael Tolliver Lives.

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Cody Ridenour, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by Cody Ridenour)
This may be an older collection of two novels (Mr. Norris Changes Trains/Goodbye to Berlin), but the pure descriptions of 1930's Berlin is beyond exceptionable. Isherwood takes you to a world of revolutionaries, growing fascism, poverty, and the underground gay scene through the eyes of Isherwood's real memories of being in Berlin. I can hardly describe the vibrancy of his charactors- From Mr. Norris himself, to the famous Sally Bowels. And, it doesn't hurt that this collection not only inspired the play 'I Am A Camera,' but the classic film 'Cabaret.' How can you beat that?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811218047
Author:
Isherwood, Christopher
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Introduction by:
Maupin, Armistead
Introduction:
Maupin, Armistead
Author:
Maupin, Armistead
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Berlin (germany)
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Berlin (Germany) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Product details 256 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811218047 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sally Bowles took center stage in the book's musical adaptation, Cabaret, but the theatrical version can't match the power and richness of the original."
"Review" by , "The best prose writer in English."
"Review" by , "In Isherwood's work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and, no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time."
"Synopsis" by , A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.
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