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Christopher Isherwood: Christopher and His Kind

Christopher Isherwood: Christopher and His Kind

UK 2012, 351 pp., brochure,  14.95
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Originally published in 1976, »Christopher and His Kind« covers the most memorable ten years in the writer's life-from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America. His friends and colleagues during this time included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and E. M. Forster, as well as colorful figures he met in Germany and later fictionalized in his two Berlin novels - who appeared again, fictionalized to an even greater degree, in »I Am a Camera« and »Cabaret«. What most impressed the first readers of this memoir, however, was the candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis. An engrossing and dramatic story and a fascinating glimpse into a little-known world, »Christopher and His Kind« remains one of Isherwood's greatest achievements. The major plot of this novel, Isherwood's love to Heinz has been beautifully filmed by the BBC and is also available on DVD.
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