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  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103478
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Mr Norris Changes Trains




Isherwood's immortal novel about political high-tension, passion and literary talent in 1930s Berlin

After a chance encounter on a train the English teacher William Bradshaw starts a close friendship with the mildly sinister Arthur Norris. Norris is a man of contradictions; lavish but heavily in debt, excessively polite but sexually deviant. First published in 1933 Mr Norris Changes Trains piquantly evokes the atmosphere of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis.

  • Pub date: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103478
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

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 Mr Norris Changes Trains

“A supreme example of a radiant prose rhythm married to the most delicious dialogue – a portrait of the subtly ruinous Mr Norris.”

Sebastian Barry, Week

“Isherwood sketches with the lightest of touches the last gasp of the decaying demi-monde and the vigorous world of Communists and Nazis, grappling with each other on the edge of the abyss”

Sunday Telegraph

“What the Berlin stories retain, to a unique degree, is the ability to tell us what it really felt like then - to feel involved with the Germans and still to find that they retained their mystery; to be in the mode, yes, of a camera, and yet to be furiously, hopelessly involved”

James Fenton

“The first literary novel that really switched me on was Christopher Isherwood's Mr Norris Changes Trains”

Chris Pattern, Daily Mail

“He immortalised Berlin in two short, brilliant novels both published in the Thirties, Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye To Berlin, inventing a new form for future generations - intimate, stylised reportage in loosely connected episodes”

Daily Express

“Mr Norris Changes Trains brought him recognition as one of the most promising young writers of his generation”

The Times


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