Originally published in 1945, Christopher Isherwood's Prater Violet is a stingingly satirical novel about the film industry. It centers around the production of the vacuous fictional melodrama Prater Violet, set in nineteenth-century Vienna, providing an ironic counterpoint to tragic even ...more
Es muy cortito, pero en muy pocas páginas hace una sátira brillante del mundo del cine, tan centrado en recrear una Viena del siglo XIX que ya no existe; mientras la Viena actual se hace pedazos y Hitler lo observa todo desde Alemania. El ambiente que se respiraba en la Europa de los años 30 se refleja en cada página del libro.
Isherwood tiene un don para narrar todo esto, y para crear una brillante comparación ...more
The cigar somehow completed Chatsworth. As he puffed it, he seemed to grow larger than life-size. His pale eyes shone with a prophetic light....more
‘For years I’ve had one great ambition. You’ll laught at me. Everybody does. They say I’m crazy. But I don’t care.’
He paused. Then announced solemnly: ‘Tosca. With Garbo.’
Isherwood is better known for Berlin Stories, a semi-autobiographical work on pre-Nazi Germany which became the basis for Cabaret.
Prater Violet is a semi-autobiographical account of the young Isherwood was hired to write the screenplay for a relentlessly fluffy Ruritanian musical comedy, Prater Violet, to be shot in London in 1934.
The director, Friedrich Bergm ...more
The narrator, Christopher Isherwood, who is not the author but is the author, is hired to work on a film that is directed by an Austrian Jew in London during the fall of his country to Hitler. This slim book shows you everything that's wrong and that's right in the times--and tells you all you'll ever need to know about making a movie. The last seven ...more
"There is one question that we seldom ask each other directly: it is too brutal. And yet it is the only question worth asking our fellow-travellers. What makes you go on living ? Why don't you kill yourself ? Why is all this bearable ? What makes you bear it ?
Could I answer that question about myself ? No.
And so Christopher does answer the question/s.
In that lucid, revelatory and directly simple fashion of his. But you will have to read it for yours ...more
First Line: “Mr. Isherwood?”
Yes, the protagonist of this book is Mr. Isherwood himself. Quite unusual, but also quite brilliant. The story takes place in London just before WWII, where Isherwood is working on a screenplay with Friedrich Bergmann. We follow the writing process and part of the movie production of "Prater Violet" – probably inspired of Isherwood’s (i.e. the real Isherwood) own experience as a screenwriter in the 1930s.
The story is also about the friendship between Isherwood and Be ...more
My experience reading this was moving in that the copy I borrowed from the library happened to have been issued in 1945. It was a very small hardcover edition with very thin pages; the inside cover declared:
THIS IS A WARTIME BOOK
It is manufactured under emergency conditions and ...more
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This was my first experience of Christopher Isherwood. Or rather, of his writing. I was well aware of him before now. My close friends had read his work and always talked highly of him. I had seen the movies “Cabaret” (1972) and “A Single Man”(2009) – both of which were based on his novels and both of which I had thoroughly enjoyed. I knew that he was a great friend of the poet W.H. Auden and I knew that Gore Vidal had described him as “The best prose wr...more
As a classic film fan, I loved the inside jokes. Example: "...I've seen the Russian film. It is the classic sex triangle between a girl with thick legs, a boy, and a tractor."
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From this single snippet of dialog, we know so much about the pompous director, Chatsworth. He considers himself decadent and a ...more
I was happily surprised by this book. I mean, I had already read (and loved) The Berlin Novels by Isherwood but I guess I didn't expect so much from this book.
First, it describes the writing of a script (with a very peculiar director) and the making of the movie, set in the 30's in the UK. So it's kind of hilarious and interesting to read, the relationship between the writers and the producers, and the media, and the actors.
But I guess, what's more important is the relationship between th ...more
Isherwood was the grandson and heir of a country squire, and his boyhood was privile ...more
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That night, I think, he explored the uttermost depths of his loneliness.”