Christopher and His Kind (Vintage Isherwood)

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Originally published in 1976, Christopher and His Kind was one of the first books to speak openly of the author's homosexuality, and also  of the  gay world in  Berlin between the World Wars.  It covers the most memorable ten years in the writer's life - from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin, and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America. His friends and colleagues during this time included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and E. M. Forster, as well as colorful figures he met in Germany and later fictionalized in his  The Berlin Novels - who appeared again, fictionalized to an even greater degree,  most famously,  in the musical and movie  Cabaret. What most impressed the first readers of this memoir (which is written in the third person however) was the candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis. An engrossing and dramatic story and a fascinating glimpse into a little-known world, Christopher and His Kind remains one of Isherwood's greatest achievements.   You can also watch the  BBC telemovie, starring Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame

Paperback, 384 Pages, Orig. Publ. 1976, This Ed. Publ. 2012

Author: Christopher Isherwood

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