The best prose writer in English.

Gore Vidal

A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.

The Berlin Stories

Fiction by Christopher Isherwood

With a contribution by Armistead Maupin

The Berlin Stories is a book comprising two short novels by Christopher Isherwood: Goodbye to Berlin and The Last of Mr. Norris. The two novellas are set in Berlin in 1931, just as Adolf Hitler was moving into power. Berlin is portrayed by Isherwood during this transitional period of cafes and quaint avenues, grotesque nightlife and dreamers, and powerful mobs and millionaires. Sally Bowles is the protagonist who experiences her share of misadventures along with Mr. Norris, Fräulein Schroeder, and the Landauers. The Berlin Stories was the starting point for the John Van Druten play I Am a Camera, which in turn went on to inspire the film I Am a Camera as well as the stage musical and film versions of Cabaret.

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Portrait of Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was an English-American novelist who is best known for his novel _A Single Man_.

The best prose writer in English.

Gore Vidal

In Isherwood’s work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and, no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time.

New York Times Book Review

The line between fiction and memoir is often thin in Isherwood’s writing, but that’s what gives this book its special insight: He had a front-row seat to life in Berlin in this dark historical moment, and he reveals it to us on a human scale.

Pamela Newton, The Atlantic