Prater Violet concerns the filming of an unashamedly romantic and commercial musical about old Vienna. It is a stinging satirical novel about the film industry, trifling studio feuds, and the fatuous movie Prater Violet, which, ironically, counterpoints the tragic events on the world stage as Hitler's lengthening shadow falls over the real Vienna of the thirties. At its center are vivid portraits of the mocking genius Friedrich Bergmann, the imperious, dazzlingly witty Austrian director, and his disciple, a genial young screenwriter-the fictionalized Christopher Isherwood.
When it first appeared in 1945, Prater Violet caused a fury of critical speculation and acclaim. Edmund Wilson called it "a deliberate historical parable," and Diana Trilling's Nation review said, "Prater Violet is the most charming novel I have read in a long time... It is a book written in the author's own person, yet utterly without ego; it is a novel about movie writers which is yet a novel about the life of every serious artist; it is a book without a political moral, but a profound moral-political statement; it is gay, witty, sophisticated, but wholly responsible."
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Christopher Isherwood (1902-86) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. Translator, biographer, novelist, and playwright, Isherwood is the author of over twenty books.From AudioFile:
Christopher Isherwood tells a story that both follows and overlaps the stories of GOODBYE TO BERLIN (best known in the musical adaptation of CABARET). The young novelist is dragooned into working on a film with Friederich Bergman, an Austrian director who draws him into friendship and a new engagement with the world and the politics of Europe in 1933. Paul Boehmer's reading is, in parts, better than the book, particularly in a passage in which Bergman works out his outrage by acting out parts of the Reichstag fire trial. We still hear Bergman's voice, but it is Bergman doing impressions of the trial's principals, and it is a wonderful passage of voice work. Even less well-known Isherwood is interesting, and this rendition of the book is all you could hope for. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374520534
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0374520534