'The best prose writer in English' Gore Vidal
Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people at threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.
"A great talent" John Sutherland Guardian
'Brilliant sketches of a society in decay' George Orwell
Christopher Isherwood is the narrator of Goodbye to Berlin. His story obliquely evokes the gathering storm during the rise to power of the Nazis, as seen through the eyes of a series of individuals: his landlady Fräulein Schroeder; Sally Bowles, the English upper-class waif; the Nowaks, a struggling working-class family; and the Landauers, a wealthy, civilised family of Jewish store owners, whose lives are about to be ruined.
Wry, detached, impressionistic in approach, yet vividly eloquent about the brutal effect of public events on private lives, Goodbye to Berlin has long been recognised as one of the most powerful and popular novels of the twentieth century.
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) hat mit "Leb' wohl, Berlin" (Vorlage für das Musical und den Film Cabaret) eines der eindrucksvollsten Zeugnisse der Machtübernahme der Nazis hinterlassen.