The Berlin Stories

The Berlin Stories

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author = Christopher Isherwood
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
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release_date = 1946
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"The Berlin Stories" is a book comprising two short novels by Christopher Isherwood: "Goodbye to Berlin" and "Mr. Norris Changes Trains". It was published in 1946.

"The Berlin Stories" was chosen as a TIME 100 Best English-language novels of the 20th century.


The two novellas are set in Berlin in 1931, just as Adolf Hitler was moving into power. Berlin is portrayed by Isherwood during this transition 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, Fraulein 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".

External links

* [,24459,the_berlin_stories,00.html Time 100 Best English-language novels of the 20h century]
* [ Online Ordering with Norton Books]
* [ New Directions Publishing Corp., the publishing company of "Berlin Stories"]

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