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  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099561132
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

Prater Violet



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

  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099561132
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

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 Prater Violet

That young man holds the future of the English novel in his hands

Somerset Maugham

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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