The Berlin Stories

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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.

Publisher: New York : New Directions, c2008
ISBN: 081121804X
9780811218047
Branch Call Number: FICTION ISHERWOOD 2008
Characteristics: xxi, 191, 207 p. ;,21 cm

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First published in the 1930's, 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 grotes... Read More »


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Mar 20, 2015
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book contains two novels. "The Last of Mr. Norris", first published in 1935, is based on Gerald Hamilton, "the wickedest man in Europe". It tells the story of a personal relationship set against the rise of Hitler. "Good-bye to Berlin" was first published in 1939. It opens with "I am a camera, with its shutter open", and indeed Isherwood chronicles his life and experiences in Berlin beginning in 1930. It includes a profile of Sally Bowles (Cabaret). It is interesting to read what was being written before the rise of Hitler and the book certainly evokes this period. A classic.

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