The Berlin Novels : "Mr Norris Changes Trains", "Goodbye to Berlin", Paperback

The Berlin Novels : "Mr Norris Changes Trains", "Goodbye to Berlin" Paperback

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"Mr Norris Changes Trains": The first of Christopher Isherwood's classic 'Berlin' novels, this portrays the encounter and growing friendship between young William Bradshaw and the urbane and mildly sinister Mr Norris.

Piquant, witty and oblique, it vividly evokes the atmosphere of pre-war Berlin, and forcefully conveys an ironic political parable. "Goodbye to Berlin": The inspiration for the stage and screen musical Cabaret and for the play "I Am a Camera", this novel remains one of the most powerful of the century, a haunting evocation of the gathering storm of the Nazi terror.

Told in a series of wry, detached and impressionistic vignettes, it is an unforgettable portrait of bohemian Berlin - a city and a world on the very brink of ruin.




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I'm a huge fan of these novels, particularly Goodbye to Berlin. I love the way Isherwood puts the great changes in early 30s Germany in the background - as characters preoccupied with their own lives travel towards a new reality they are atonished to find themselves in when it arrives. This, I suspect, is how it happens. They are also wonderfully written and engaging from beginning to end.

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