Down There on a Visit A Novel

ISBN-10: 0374533806

ISBN-13: 9780374533809

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Description: Consisting of four accounts of encounters with four male characters, each of them visited by a different Christopher Isherwood, and each set in a different time and place—Berlin in the 1920s (overlapping the time period of the Berlin Stories), the Greek Isles in the early 1930s, London in the late 1930s and California in 1940—this acclaimed novel explores Isherwood’s fundamental concerns with the choice of a way of life, and its implications for love, sex, spirituality and self-fulfillment.Published in 1959, when Isherwood had already become something of a literary rock star,Down There on a Visita very funny but also sad and deeply personal book that charts Isherwood’s life of carnal indulgence and his first interlude with what would become a serious involvement with Eastern mysticism.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Christopher Isherwood, born in Cheshire, England, in 1904, wrote both novels and nonfiction. He was a lifelong friend of W.H. Auden and wrote several plays with him, including Dog Beneath the Skin and The Ascent of F6. He lived in Germany from 1928 until 1933 and his writings during this period described the political and social climate of pre-Hitler Germany. Isherwood immigrated to the United States in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1946. He lived in California, working on film scripts and adapting plays for television. The musical Cabaret is based on several of Isherwood's stories and on his play, I Am a Camera. His other works include Mr. Norris Changes Trains, about life in Germany in the early 1930s; Down There on a Visit, an autobiographical novel; and Where Joy Resides, published after his death in 1986.

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