First published in 1939, this novel obliquely evokes the gathering storm of Berlin before and during the rise to power of the Nazis. Events are seen through the eyes of a series of individuals, whose lives are all about to be ruined.
About the Author
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. He spent four years in Berlin writing Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based, and then in 1939 moved to America. He became a US citizen in 1946, where he wrote another five novels including A Single Man, a travel book and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the 1960s and ‘70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.
Isherwood taught English in Berlin from 1929 to 1933 and in Goodbye to Berlin wrote a semi-autobiographical record of his experiences. It remains the archetypal sketch of prewar Berlin, its bars and its boys, and introduces the immortal Sally Bowles. Before the dawn of Cabaret, Goodbye to Berlin was adapted into a play by John van Druten as I Am a Camera in 1951. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 2nd November 1998
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.19