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About the Author: Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was a novelist, playwright, screen writer, autobiographer, and diarist He was also homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a U.S citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, California in January 1986.Isherwood was the grandson and heir of a country squire, and his boyhood was privileged With a school friend, Wystan Auden, he wrote three plays The Dog Beneath the Skin 1932 , The Ascent of F6 1936 , and On the Frontier 1938 Isherwood tells the story in his first autobiography, Lions and Shadows.In 1925, Isherwood was asked to leave Cambridge University after writing joke answers on his second year exams He briefly attended medical school, and progressed with his first two novels, All the Conspirators 1928 and The Memorial 1932 In 1930, he moved to Berlin where he taught English, dabbled in communism, and enthusiastically explored his homosexuality His experiences there, provided the material for Mr Norris Changes Trains 1935 and Goodbye to Berlin 1938 , still his most famous book.In Berlin in 1932, he also began an important relationship with a young German, Heinz Neddermeyer, with whom he fled the Nazis in 1933 Neddermeyer was refused entry to England on his second visit in 1934, and the pair moved restlessly about Europe until they were finally separated when Neddermeyer was arrested by the Gestapo in May 1937.In 1938, Isherwood sailed with Auden to China to write Journey to a War 1939 , about the Sino Japanese conflict They returned to England and Isherwood went on to Hollywood to look for movie writing work He also became a disciple of the Ramakrishna monk, Swami Prabhavananda, head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California He decided not to take monastic vows, but he remained a Hindu for the rest of his life, serving, praying, and lecturing in the temple every week and writing a biography, Ramakrishna and His Disciples 1965.In 1945, Isherwood published Prater Violet, fictionalizing his first movie writing job in London in 1933 1934 In Hollywood, he spent the start of the 1950s fighting his way free of a destructive five year affair with an attractive and undisciplined American photographer, William Caskey Caskey took the photographs for Isherwood s travel book about South America, The Condor and The Cows 1947 Isherwood s sixth novel, The World in the Evening 1954 , written mostly during this period, was less successful than earlier ones.In 1953, he fell in love with Don Bachardy, an eighteen year old college student born and raised in Los Angeles They were to remain together until Isherwood s death In 1961, Isherwood and completed the final revisions to his new novel Down There on a Visit 1962 Their relationship nearly ended in 1963, and Isherwood moved out of their Santa Monica house This dark period underpins Isherwood s masterpiece A Single Man 1964.Isherwood wrote another novel, A Meeting by the River 1967 , about two brothers, but he gave up writing fiction and turned entirely to autobiography In Kathleen and Frank 1971 , he drew on the letters and diaries of his parents In Christopher and His Kind 1976 , he returned to the 1930s to tell, as a publicly avowed homosexual, the real story of his life in Berlin and his wanderings with Heinz Neddermeyer The book made him a hero of gay liberation and a national celebrity all over again but now in his true, political and personal identity His last book, My Guru and His Disciple 1980 , records with similar honesty his conversion to Hinduism and his devotion to Swami Prabhavananda.http www.isherwoodfoundation.org bi



10 thoughts on “Prater Violet

  1. Paul Paul says:

    A brief novella with no chapters published in 1945 Isherwood is as good as ever It is autobiographical and the main character is called Christopher Isherwood It describes Isherwood s time as a screenwriter on the film Little Friend in 1934 The central character is a film director Friedrich Bergmann based on Berthold Viertel It is set at the time of the rise of Nazism, just before the Anschluss Bergmann is an Austrian Jew It is a satire of the film industry, but it also depicts a time an A brief novella with no chapters published in 1945 Isherwood is as good as ever It is autobiographical and the main character is called Christopher Isherwood It describes Isherwood s time as a screenwriter on the film Little Friend in 1934 The central character is a film director Friedrich Bergmann based on Berthold Viertel It is set at the time of the rise of Nazism, just before the Anschluss Bergmann is an Austrian Jew It is a satire of the film industry, but it also depicts a time and place and captures the general indifference to the rise of Nazism Isherwood explores the tension between creative artists and the insidiousness of commerce Friedrich Bergmann is the stand out character, dominating the novella, a typical demanding and outrageous director often self important and unpredictable, but also charming and generous Bergmann s family are in Austria and this adds to the tension The ongoing human tendency to avoid reality is at the centre But for Isherwood the future was clear Like all my friends I believed a European war was coming soon I believed as one believes one will die It was unreal because I couldn t imagine anything beyond it I refused to imagine anything just as a spectator refuse to imagine what is behind the scenery in the theatre, The outbreak of war, like the moment of death crossed my perspective of the future like a wall it marked the instant, total end of my imagined world Isherwood s description of life in a film studio is also telling It will interest you, as a phenomenon You see, the film studio of today is really the palace of the sixteenth century There one sees what Shakespeare saw the absolute power of the tyrant, the courtiers, the flatterers, the jesters, the cunningly ambitious intriguers There are fantastically beautiful women, there are incompetent favourites There are great men who are suddenly disgraced There is a most insane extravagance, and unexpected parsimony over a few pence There is enormous splendour, which is a sham and also horrible squalor hidden behind the scenery There are vast schemes, abandoned because of some caprice There are secrets which everybody knows and no one speaks of There are even one or two honest advisers These are the court fools, who speak the deepest wisdom in puns, lest they should be taken seriously They grimace, and tear their hair privately and weep The novel drifts along at a good pace, very enjoyable until the last ten pages and they are brilliant Isherwood at his best There is a coded description of his love life and then there is this There is one question that we seldom ask each other directly it is too brutal And yet it is the only question worth asking our fellow travellers What makes you go on living Why don t you kill yourself Why is all this bearable What makes you bear it Could I answer that question about myself No Yes Perhaps I supposed, vaguely, that it was a kind of balance, a complex of tensions This is a little gem of a novel

  2. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    This slim satirical novel, written six years on from Goodbye to Berlin, is built around Isherwood s own experiences of scrip writing For the generation of writers who grew up with silent cinema, the arrival of sound was an opportunity not to be missed A chance to take a break from novel writing, and enter the glamorous world of film All of a sudden actors needed lines, and obviously somebody had to write them Austrian director Berthold Viertel learnt of Isherwood after his name was put forwa This slim satirical novel, written six years on from Goodbye to Berlin, is built around Isherwood s own experiences of scrip writing For the generation of writers who grew up with silent cinema, the arrival of sound was an opportunity not to be missed A chance to take a break from novel writing, and enter the glamorous world of film All of a sudden actors needed lines, and obviously somebody had to write them Austrian director Berthold Viertel learnt of Isherwood after his name was put forward by a friend he had met during his time in 1920s Germany Viertel read and liked Isherwood s novel The Memorial so bought him in as a replacement to work on a script based on fellow Austrian Ernst Lothar s novel Little Friend.Prater Violet, written when Isherwood was living in America since the outbreak of WW2, is set in 1934 and sees the author himself as the narrator, who is living with his mother and brother in England, when he is approached by director Friedrich Bergmann who is closely based on Viertel to work on a script Austrian Bergmann is lured from Vienna by British film company Imperial Bulldog Pictures to direct the film Prater Violet which focuses on a handsome student who happens to be a prince, who meets and falls in love with Toni, a girl who sells violets Isherwood initially thinks the project stinks, but in the end changes his mind Isherwood and Bergmann discover their close affinity, and through their growing rapport Isherwood is treated to Bergmann s versatility, vitality and deep emotional content of things as they are Hanging over the story is a foreboding of trouble brewing back in Bergmann s homeland He starts to become increasingly rattled, is worried for his family, and with mounting fear is convinced Hitler is on the verge of reeking terror, which leads to bitter quarrels on set, and a despair that almost derails the picture It s one of Isherwood s most overlooked novels, and I have to say it entertained me a lotthan I thought it would Prater Violet contains much of Isherwood s understated elegance and observational prowess, his insight into human behaviour, and his power to charm As characters go, Bergmann s presence is simply a triumph He steals all the scenes he s in, with his long verbal attacks, and thoughts about love, politics, and industry gossip It s quite easy to overlook Isherwood, who is still an important player, both in connecting dots of the novel, and in the actual production of the film, which in the end leads to Hollywood s interest in Bergmann

  3. Jack Edwards Jack Edwards says:

    I absolutely fell in love with this charming little book about cinema, performance, and the 1930s I read it all in one go

  4. Michael Flick Michael Flick says:

    A masterpiece Does in 128 pages what contemporary or recently deceased masters can t do in a thousand pages Every word, every sentence perfect.The narrator, Christopher Isherwood, who is not the author but is the author, is hired to work on a film that is directed by an Austrian Jew in London during the fall of his country to Hitler This slim book shows you everything that s wrong and that s right in the times and tells you all you ll ever need to know about making a movie The last seve A masterpiece Does in 128 pages what contemporary or recently deceased masters can t do in a thousand pages Every word, every sentence perfect.The narrator, Christopher Isherwood, who is not the author but is the author, is hired to work on a film that is directed by an Austrian Jew in London during the fall of his country to Hitler This slim book shows you everything that s wrong and that s right in the times and tells you all you ll ever need to know about making a movie The last seven pages are one of the greatest poems albeit in prose ever written.I cannot recommend this book highly enough It s past amazing Read it

  5. Rachel Brown Rachel Brown says:

    This is one of my favorite books My uncle gave me a copy when I was in high school, and I have re read it every couple years, ever since.Isherwood is better known for Berlin Stories, a semi autobiographical work on pre Nazi Germany which became the basis for Cabaret.Prater Violet is a semi autobiographical account of the young Isherwood was hired to write the screenplay for a relentlessly fluffy Ruritanian musical comedy, Prater Violet, to be shot in London in 1934.The director, Friedrich Bergm This is one of my favorite books My uncle gave me a copy when I was in high school, and I have re read it every couple years, ever since.Isherwood is better known for Berlin Stories, a semi autobiographical work on pre Nazi Germany which became the basis for Cabaret.Prater Violet is a semi autobiographical account of the young Isherwood was hired to write the screenplay for a relentlessly fluffy Ruritanian musical comedy, Prater Violet, to be shot in London in 1934.The director, Friedrich Bergmann, is a Jewish intellectual who has left his family back in Austria Upon first meeting Isherwood, Bergmann remarks, I am sure we shall be very happy together You know, already, I feel absolutely no shame before you We are like two married men who meet in a whorehouse Prater Violet, the novel, is largely a character study of Bergmann, who sees both the tragedy and absurdity of his situation, pouring his energy into a ridiculous comedy while danger looms over his family and the world It is also, quite genuinely, a hilarious backstage comedy about filmmaking, so the movie within the book and the book itself are perfect reflections of each other The character sketches are dead on, and the prose is marvelous.If that was all the book was, I would have liked it a lot But it sthan that I ll put what made me fall in love with it, and makes it endlessly re readable, behind a cut It s not a plot twist in any conventional sense, but it did surprise me I d love to keep it a surprise, to allow you to discover it for yourself.Since I know what you re all thinking nobody in the book dies in the Holocaust, or dies at all It s surprisingfor stylistic and thematic reasons view spoiler All through the book, we learn a great deal about Bergmann, but less of Isherwood He turns his observant eye on others, but not himself An early line in Berlin Stories is I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking In the very last pages of the book, Isherwood lets us catch a glimpse of his life, his self, his soul, and what his relationship with Bergmann really means to him After an entire book skating over bright surfaces striped with dark shadows, it s like a sudden plunge into deep waters, startling and revelatory and beautiful.The last page returns to the original tone, sparkling and funny and understated But now we know what was beneath what is always beneath all our surface interactions and appearances and silly projects and casual chat The actual text is a letter from a friend, about how much audiences are enjoying Prater Violet and snubbing a politically superior and very serious indeed Soviet movie about the proletariat.The very last line informs us that Bergmann moved to America with his family The implication is that the success of Prater Violet got him a Hollywood job and so enabled him and his family to escape the Holocaust The silly comedy that Bergmann reluctantly poured his creative energies into didn t turn out to be a great work of art But it did save lives.Those last few pages, together with the rest of the book, suggests to me that the frustratingly absurd, shallow, everyday work and interactions are also necessary and important Though Bergmann and Isherwood discuss serious things, their relationship is built not only on that, but on sharing the absurdities of Hollywood and writing their fluffy movie Similarly, the sparkling body of the book is what makes the depth of the climax work hide spoiler

  6. Sketchbook Sketchbook says:

    A wafer thin parable Isherwood in London writes, on assignment, a trite film script while Europe prepares for W2 Get the ironyHis writing is clean and crispy clear, as usual, but only the last couple of pages crack anything personal or profound The real irony about Isherwood, whose reputation continues to rise today, is that until a hit 60s musical Cabaret was produced from a play by someone else based on his Berlin Stories, no one in America or anywhere else was even aware of him H A wafer thin parable Isherwood in London writes, on assignment, a trite film script while Europe prepares for W2 Get the ironyHis writing is clean and crispy clear, as usual, but only the last couple of pages crack anything personal or profound The real irony about Isherwood, whose reputation continues to rise today, is that until a hit 60s musical Cabaret was produced from a play by someone else based on his Berlin Stories, no one in America or anywhere else was even aware of him He says he never saw the musical But it suddenly made him rich and famous Now that s a far better story than Prater Violet

  7. Caroline Caroline says:

    Isherwood, himself in the novel as novice scriptwriter, and his new acquaintance the German film director Bergmann, during their first lunch with the studio head Chatsworth The cigar somehow completed Chatsworth As he puffed it, he seemed to grow larger than life size His pale eyes shone with a prophetic light For years I ve had one great ambition You ll laught at me Everybody does They say I m crazy But I don t care He paused Then announced solemnly Tosca With Garbo Bergmann turned Isherwood, himself in the novel as novice scriptwriter, and his new acquaintance the German film director Bergmann, during their first lunch with the studio head Chatsworth The cigar somehow completed Chatsworth As he puffed it, he seemed to grow larger than life size His pale eyes shone with a prophetic light For years I ve had one great ambition You ll laught at me Everybody does They say I m crazy But I don t care He paused Then announced solemnly Tosca With Garbo Bergmann turned, and gave me a rapid, enigmatic glance Then he exhaled, with such force that Chatsworth s cigar smoke was blown back around his head Chatsworth looked pleased Evidently this was the right kind of reaction Without music, of course I d do it absolutely straight He paused again, apparently waiting for our protest There was none.Very funny and very sad In the mid30s, Bergmann has fled to Vienna with his family, leaving all his money and possessions in Nazi Germany He s come to England in 1938 to prostitute his art in directing a corny musical Prater Violet, leaving his wife and daughter in Vienna he needs the money Mid film, the Germans take over Austria Bergmann, already as amazed and frustrated as Zweig was that these English can t see the evil and duplicity of Hitler, is frantic about his family.All Bergmann s pent up anxiety exploded The picture I s____ upon the picture This heartless filth This wretched lying charade To make such a picture at such a moment is definitely heartless It is a crime It definitely aids Dollfuss and Starhemberg, and Fey and all their gangsters It covers up the dirty syphilitic sore with rose leaves, with the petals of this hypocritical reactionary violet It lies and declares that the pretty Danube is blue, when the water is red with bloodI am punished for assisting at this lie We shall all be punished___ I had just spent two days at the Deutsches Historiches Museum in Berlin when I found this in an charity shop Two days and much recent reading submerged in images of the two world wars, and the stories of the people who started and suffered from them Touring the gleaming new glass dome of the Reichstag that replaces the one damaged in the probably Nazi set fire of 1933 and again later in the Allied bombing So this felt like a continuation of living as much in the last century as in this one Our horrific news from Sudan and Yemen and Afghanistan mirrored by news from Belgium and Austria and Poland andpeople continuing to make movies like take your pick.Isherwood wrote or at least published this right after the war, and his Bergmann predicts all the disaster that looms in front of Europe That part of the story is icy and fierce But it is just as much a droll send up of the movie business, filled at the top with crass but cagy executives, assisted by Cambridge boys with amused, well paid nonchalance, and staffed by skilled crew members quickly but individually sketched The writing is excellent until the last two or three pages, when Isherwood inexplicably devolves into a personal remembrance that melts away the power of his story So definitely read it to page 98, and then stop

  8. ALLEN ALLEN says:

    I found PRATER VIOLET an engaging novella that effectively satirizes the making of movies in the 1930s The first person narrator, Christopher Isherwood, is a close adjunct to the author, and not above having a bit of fun with the making of a cloying studio movie set in Olde Vienna whose director is worried sick about the onslaught of fascism in the real Vienna, where his close relatives are marooned The movie studio is set in London but much of the plot could apply to the Hollywood studios I found PRATER VIOLET an engaging novella that effectively satirizes the making of movies in the 1930s The first person narrator, Christopher Isherwood, is a close adjunct to the author, and not above having a bit of fun with the making of a cloying studio movie set in Olde Vienna whose director is worried sick about the onslaught of fascism in the real Vienna, where his close relatives are marooned The movie studio is set in London but much of the plot could apply to the Hollywood studios of the Thirties as well A quick read pay attention to the denouement Not a major Isherwood novel but so much fun it doesn t matter Originally published in 1945 Thanks for the copy, Chris

  9. Matthew Appleton Matthew Appleton says:

    Reading Isherwood, I find myself nodding and smiling, agreeing with all he says and does as if he s my older brother, my idol, who continues to impress me, and I continue to follow because I believe in them, their personality and their beliefs or partly because I see parts of myself in Isherwood even flawed parts of myself which I can relate to, that I can laugh at myself as Isherwood does with his beautiful English sarcasm Sarcasm, my best friend, my best weapon and defence Written two nig Reading Isherwood, I find myself nodding and smiling, agreeing with all he says and does as if he s my older brother, my idol, who continues to impress me, and I continue to follow because I believe in them, their personality and their beliefs or partly because I see parts of myself in Isherwood even flawed parts of myself which I can relate to, that I can laugh at myself as Isherwood does with his beautiful English sarcasm Sarcasm, my best friend, my best weapon and defence Written two night ago, at about 2am, scrawly as anything and diagonally across a piece of paper on my bedside table in blotchy biro When people tend to ask me my favourite writers I tend to leave Isherwood off Sometimes I think to myself, well Matt this book probably only deserves 4 stars, but I can t help but give him 5 because they all just speak to me, through me, from me, seemingly I think we all have personal things like that I tell most people my favourite Led Zeppelin song is Babe I m Gonna Leave You , which is true, it s my favourite public Led Zeppelin What s my actual favourite, that I listen to the most on my own and don t want to listen with anyone else Going to California There we go, if you ve bothered to read this, you ve learnt something about me My favourite colour, you ask me in town Or outside the cinema or in the supermarket I shrug red , I say I m lying My favourite colour is that burnt leaf colours that comes in autumn, those browns and oranges, all scorched and rusted Anyway, typical tangents I find writing so personal, I can t help but go off topic Prater Violet has Isherwood as the narrator as he is employed to save a movie which the novel is named after There s some great stuff about Isherwood struggling as a writer, which as a budding writer, I adore to read There s wit and great characters like in all of Isherwood s novels and at the end, I was surprised with some philosophy from Isherwood, moving and dark but powerful and needed Here s some quotes.Bergmann, Isherwood s German s colleague, on the movie Do you know what the film is Bergmann cupped his hands, lovingly, as if around an ezquisite flower The film is an infernal machine Once it is ignited and set in motion, it revolves with an enormous dynamism It cannot pause It cannot apologise It cannot retract anything It cannot explain itself It simply ripens to its inevitable explosion Bergmann on the English and the rise of Hitler evident in most of Isherwood s work as he lived in Berlin for 3 4 years You see, this umbrella of his I find extremely symbolic It is the British respectability which thinks I have my traditions, and they will protect me Nothing unpleasant, nothing ungentlemanly can possibly happen within my private park This respectable umbrella is the Englishman s magic wand, with which he will try to wave Hitler out of existence When Hitler declines rudely to disappear, the Englishman will open his umbrella and say, After all, what do I care for a little rain But the rain will be a rain of bombs and blood The umbrella is not bomb proof Isherwood on the film, later realising how much he sounds like Bergmann The whole beauty of the film, I announced to my mother and Richard next morning at breakfast, is that it has a certain fixed speed The way you see it is mechanically conditioned I mean, take a painting you can just glance at it, or you can stare at the left hand top corner for half an hour Same thing with a book The author can t stop you from skimming it, or starting at the last chapter and reading backwards The point is, you can choose your approach When you go to the cinema, it s different There s the film, and you have to look at it as the director wants you to look at it He makes his points, one after another, and he allows you a certain number of seconds or minutes to grasp each one If you miss anything, he won t repeat himself, and he won t stop to explain And a portion of Isherwood s questioning and thoughts at the end, to finish, though it goes on for longer than this quote below What makes you go on living Why don t you kill yourself Why is all this bearable What makes you bear it Could I answer that question about myself No Yes Perhaps I supposed, vaguely, that it was a kind of balance, a complex of tensions You did whatever was next on the list A meal to be eaten Chapter eleven needs to be written The telephone rings You go off somewhere in a taxi There is one s job There are amusements There are people There are books There are things to be bought in shops There is always something new There has to be Otherwise, the balance would be upset, the tension would break

  10. Gitte - Bookworm& Gitte - Bookworm& says:

    First LineMr Isherwood Yes, the protagonist of this book is Mr Isherwood himself Quite unusual, but also quite brilliant The story takes place in London just before WWII, where Isherwood is working on a screenplay with Friedrich Bergmann We follow the writing process and part of the movie production of Prater Violet probably inspired of Isherwood s i.e the real Isherwood own experience as a screenwriter in the 1930s.The story is also about the friendship between Isherwood and Be First LineMr Isherwood Yes, the protagonist of this book is Mr Isherwood himself Quite unusual, but also quite brilliant The story takes place in London just before WWII, where Isherwood is working on a screenplay with Friedrich Bergmann We follow the writing process and part of the movie production of Prater Violet probably inspired of Isherwood s i.e the real Isherwood own experience as a screenwriter in the 1930s.The story is also about the friendship between Isherwood and Bergmann Their relationship was very amusing to follow What a character we have in Bergmann Just take a look at what Bergmann utters after meeting Isherwood for the first time I am sure we shall be very happy together You know, already, I feel absolutely no shame before you We are like two married men who meet in a whorehouse. I LOVE Isherwood s writing To me, he s one of the best And I always love his description of the 1930s and 40s He knows how to create a interesting setting about to be destroyed by the Nazis lurking in the background Take another look at what he says about the Nazis again, speaking through Bergmann That is how they wish you to imagine them, as unconquerable monsters But they are human, very human, in their weakness We must not fear them We must understand them It is absolutely necessary to understand them, or we are all lost. Isherwood is a true master of setting, tone, characters and writing His characters are always so real And amusing One of the things that really cracked me up was his description of himself as a fictional character An arrogant, whiny, lazy little prat But we love him for his honesty And aren t we all whiny, lazy and arrogant from time to time And don t we all know this feeling I was feeling temperamental and sulky that day, chiefly because I had a bad cold My conscience had driven me to Bergmann s flat, and I felt that my sacrifice wasn t being properly appreciated I had expected to be fussed over and sent home again. That one made me laugh So all in all, Prater Violet was an entertaining and unusual little story But I m still glad it was only 122 pages I think I would have tired of the story had it been longer.Forreviews, visit my blog The Bookworm s Closet a blog about fashion and literature

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