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The Berlin Stories

The Berlin Stories

Author(s): Christopher Isherwood

Location(s): Berlin

Genre(s): Short Stories

Era(s): 1930s



Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and cafés: marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers: dangerous, with its vice and intrigue: powerful and seedy, with its mobs and millionaires-this is the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power. The Berlin Stories is inhabited by a wealth of characters: the unforgettable Sally Bowles, whose misadventures in the demimonde were popularized on the American stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am A Camera and Liza Minnelli in Cabaret: Mr. Norris, the improbable old debauchee mysteriously caught between the Nazis and the Communists: plump Fräulein Schroeder, who thinks an operation to reduce the scale of her Büste might relieve her heart palpitations: and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.
The film “Cabaret” is loosely based on these stories.

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German eccentric characters people the stories, captivating and intelligent during the lead up to war.

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