…Mr Christopher Isherwood has never seemed to claim more than unworldliness for his Berlin figures…
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In describing Bernhard Landauer in Goodbye to Berlin, furthermore, he was alert enough to notice something he called “the arrogant humility of the East.” This is hugely preferable to the abject credulity he manifests in the presence of the Swami.
The commitment is humanistic, not political; indeed, the true theme of this most famous of Isherwood’s works of fiction is a search for contact, the participation in the lives of others.
Herr Issyvoo. The name sounds like a kiss followed by a sigh.
Goodbye to Berlin is a collection of beautifully crafted observations. Isherwood combines history, memoir and fiction to unique effect.— Lily Power