Author(s): Christopher Isherwood
"I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking," are the famous lines on the first page. This a semiautobiographical account of Isherwood's time in 1930s Berlin. Written as a connected series of six short stories the book, first published in 1939, is a brilliant evocation of the decadence and repression, glamour and sleaze of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people at threat from the rise of the Nazis: Natalia Laundauer, the rich, Jewish heiress, Peter and Otto, a gay couple andthe "divinely decadent" Sally Bowles, a young English woman who was so memorably portrayed by Liza Minnelli.
Christopher Isherwood will be a name on everyone's lips with the release of Tom Ford's film adaptation of A Single Man. 20040624
Christopher Isherwood was born in 1904 and moved to America where he took up formal citizenship in 1946. His many famous works include Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin.