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A classic novel about the golden age of film. It is based on Isherwood's experience of co-writing the 1934 Berthold Viertel film Little Friend.

Originally published in 1945, Prater Violet is a stingingly satirical novel about the film industry. It centers around the production of the vacuous fictional melodrama Prater Violet, set in nineteenth-century Vienna, providing ironic counterpoint to tragic events as Hitler annexes the real Vienna of the 1930s. The novel features the vivid portraits of imperious, passionate, and witty Austrian director Friedrich Bergmann and his disciple, a genial young screenwriter-the fictionalized Christopher Isherwood.

"A deliberate historical parable. Prater Violet resembles the episodes in Goodbye to Berlin and keeps up the same high level of excellence." Edmund Wilson

Reviews

Isherwood’s prose fizzes and bubbles lightly like an alka-seltzer in water before sinking like a brick in the pit of your stomach. It sits with you and stays with you.

Dust for Prints.com

'That young, holds the future of the English novel in his hands'

Somerset Maugham

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  • Paperback

    9780099561132

    July 1, 2012

    Vintage Classics

    144 pages

    RRP $22.99

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Also by Christopher Isherwood

The Animals
My Guru and His Disciple
The Condor and the Cows
Kathleen and Frank
Lions and Shadows
Down There on a Visit
The World in the Evening
A Meeting by the River
Christopher and His Kind
All the Conspirators
The Memorial
The Sixties
Liberation
A Single Man
Lost Years
Christopher Isherwood Diaries Volume 1
Goodbye To Berlin
Lions & Shadows
The Berlin Novels
Mr Norris Changes Trains

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