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  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099541288
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $14.99

A Single Man




A Single Man is an exclusive Vintage Classic that has been made into a film starring Julianne Moore and Colin Firth and directed by Tom Ford.

The best prose writer in English' Gore Vidal

Celebrated as a masterpiece from its first publication, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, an English professor in suburban California left heartbroken after the death of his lover Jim. With devastating clarity and humour, Christopher Isherwood shows George’s determination to carry on, evoking the unexpected pleasures of life as well as the soul’s ability to triumph over loneliness and alienation.

'A virtuoso piece of work...courageous...powerful' Sunday Times

  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099541288
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $14.99

About the author

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939 he lived mainly abroad, spending four years in Berlin and writing the novels Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He moved to America in 1939, becoming a US citizen in 1946, and wrote another five novels, including Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, a travel book about South America and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the late 1960s and '70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, My Guru and His Disciple and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.

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Praise for A Single Man

This mix of humour and stoicism in the face of pent-up grief is essential Isherwood

Guardian

His own highly personal form of fiction [is one] in which simple sentences strike a note of great intimacy with the reader as if to a close personal friend, and a sense of total honesty is sought. This style, witty, observant, nostalgic, exact, was Isherwood's great contribution to modern literature

Financial Times

He had dazzling talents as a writer. His literary production was pre-eminent for its wit, humour, charm of style and narrative skill... A Single Man can be almost considered as his masterpiece

Guardian, John Lehmann

The best prose writer in English

Gore Vidal

A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist.

Anthony Burgess

One of the best novels of the modern gay liberation movement.

Edmund White

A sad, sly report on the predicament of the human animal

New York Times

Lyrical and intensely moving

Daily Telegraph

Angry and affecting

Independent on Sunday

His key postwar work. A quarter-century ahead of its time in its portrayal of a quotidian homosexual life, it inspired a generation of gay writers in Britain and the US

Independent

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