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By Christopher Isherwood

A vintage of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories encouraged the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning movie Cabaret.
First released within the Nineteen Thirties, The Berlin Stories includes superb similar novels, The final of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin, that are well-known at the present time as classics of recent fiction. Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: captivating, with its avenues and cafés; marvelously ugly, with its nightlife and dreamers; harmful, with its vice and intrigue; strong and seedy, with its mobs and millionaires—this is the interval whilst Hitler used to be starting his stream to strength. The Berlin Stories is inhabited by means of a wealth of characters: the unforgettable Sally Bowles, whose misadventures within the demimonde have been popularized at the American degree and display via Julie Harris in I Am A Camera and Liza Minnelli in Cabaret; Mr. Norris, the inconceivable previous debauchee mysteriously stuck among the Nazis and the Communists; plump Fräulein Schroeder, who thinks an operation to lessen the size of her Büste may possibly relieve her middle palpitations; and the prestigious and doomed Jewish relatives, the Landauers.

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When I was here all those years ago, in the time of the gods, the Cedars was a summer house, for rent by the fortnight or the month. During all of June each year a rich doctor and his large, raucous family infested it—we did not like the doctor’s loud-voiced children, they laughed at us and threw stones from behind the unbreachable barrier of the gate—and after them a mysterious middle-aged couple came, who spoke to no one, and grimly walked their sausage dog in silence at the same time every morning down Station Road to the strand.

She began to weep, absent-mindedly, it might be, making no sound. I moved clumsily to embrace her but she drew back sharply. ” she snapped. ” The kettle came to the boil and switched itself off and the seething water inside it settled down grumpily. I marvelled, not for the first time, at the cruel complacency of ordinary things. But no, not cruel, not complacent, only indifferent, as how could they be otherwise? Henceforth I would have to address things as they are, not as I might imagine them, for this was a new version of reality.

Meekly, however, I halted the car at the side of the road and she got out in a vexed silence and slammed the door behind her as if she were delivering me a box on the ear. What had I done to annoy her so? There are times when she is as wilfully moody as her mother. And then suddenly, unlikeliest of all, behind the huddle of the Lupins’ leprechaun houses, here was Duignan’s lane, rutted as it always was, ambling between tangled hedges of hawthorn and dusted-over brambles. How had it survived the depredations of lorry and crane, of diggers both mechanical and human?

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