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Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood

Originally published in 1976, Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writers life-from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America. His friends and colleagues during this time included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and E. M. Forster, as well as colorful figures he met in Germany and later fictionalized in his two Berlin novels-who appeared again, fictionalized to an even greater degree, in I Am a Camera and Cabaret.

What most impressed the first readers of this memoir, however, was the candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis. An engrossing and dramatic story and a fascinating glimpse into a little-known world, Christopher and His Kind remains one of Isherwoods greatest achievements.

A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) is the author of Down There on a Visit, Lions and Shadows, A Meeting by the River, The Memorial, Prater Violet, A Single Man, and The World in the Evening, all available from the University of Minnesota Press.

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What most impressed the first readers of this memoir, however, was the candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the s and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis. An engrossing and dramatic story and a fascinating glimpse into a little-known world, Christopher and His Kind remains one of Isherwood's greatest achievements. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover.

Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Hide Spoilers. Inspired by Christopher Isherwood's autobiography of the same name Christopher and his Kind accomplishes it's greatest challenge in depicting the events and sights that would eventually inspire 's Cabaret, without actually imitating or reiterating the iconic Oscar-winner. BBC2's first-class feature-length dramatisation of Isherwood's formative years brilliantly presents the characters, proceedings, and atmosphere of 'thirties Berlin in embryonic form.

The British TV film Christopher and His Kind indulges in naughty glimpses of decadent Berlin of the early '30s as experienced by English writer.
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While fairly explicit gay sex scenes may limit its reach in some markets, prospects are decent for further tube, DVD and potential niche-theatrical exposure. Auden Pip Carter. Subsisting on English lessons he gives to pupils including a genteel Jewish department-store magnate Iddo Goldberg , Isherwood is a bemused witness to other slumming English residents in the boarding house run by Frau Thurau Issy Van Randwyck , including flamboyant queen Gerald Toby Jones and outrageous would-be actress Jean Imogen Poots , who sings — or rather, brays — popular songs at a nightclub. In a seriously repressed economy, the streets are full of working-class men willing to be a little less heterosexual for a price. Protag has his first serious affair here with hunky Caspar Alexander Doetsch , though that relationship turns out to be too transactional for his liking. But both these loves, and everything else, are eventually complicated by the rise of Nazism, with its attendant racist and xenophobic violence. Finally, not even the determinedly apolitical, self-absorbed Christopher can ignore this ugly shifting tide, and he attempts in vain to get Heinz out of the country, a thread that resolves itself poignantly in one of several codas.

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  1. Christopher and His Kind (BBC2, Saturday) follows a young Christopher Isherwood, played by Matt Smith, from the starchiness of his domineering mother and the greyness of 30s Britain to join his friend and sometime lover WH Auden in Berlin. On the train through Europe, Isherwood.

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