The Berlin Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 2008 - Fiction - 398 pages
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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 caf s; 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 Fr ulein Schroeder, who thinks an operation to reduce the scale of her B ste might relieve her heart palpitations; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
12
CHAPTER THREE
21
CHAPTER FOUR
32
CHAPTER FIVE
44
CHAPTER SIX
55
CHAPTER SEVEN
67
CHAPTER EIGHT
76
CHAPTER TEN
100
CHAPTER ELEVEN
110
CHAPTER TWELVE
122
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
139
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
152
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
164
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
179
Copyright

CHAPTER NINE
89

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Christopher Isherwood, born in Cheshire, England, in 1904, wrote both novels and nonfiction. He was a lifelong friend of W.H. Auden and wrote several plays with him, including Dog Beneath the Skin and The Ascent of F6. He lived in Germany from 1928 until 1933 and his writings during this period described the political and social climate of pre-Hitler Germany. Isherwood immigrated to the United States in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1946. He lived in California, working on film scripts and adapting plays for television. The musical Cabaret is based on several of Isherwood's stories and on his play, I Am a Camera. His other works include Mr. Norris Changes Trains, about life in Germany in the early 1930s; Down There on a Visit, an autobiographical novel; and Where Joy Resides, published after his death in 1986.

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