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Down There on a Visit

1999
Author:

Christopher Isherwood

Down There on a Visit

The sequel to Berlin Stories, now back in print.

Christopher Isherwood originally intended Down There on a Visit to be part of The Lost, the unfinished epic novel that would also incorporate his famous Berlin Stories. Tracing many of the same themes as that earlier work, this novel is a bemused, sometimes acid portrait of people caught in private sexual hells of their own making. Down There on a Visit is a major work that shows Isherwood at the height of his literary powers.

“This excellent novel may be the best Christopher Isherwood has written . . . . A deeply intelligent and quietly compelling story.” --New York Times Book Review

“In several respects this is probably Isherwood’s best novel. It offers the sheer pleasure of writing completely personal and yet completely controlled, radiant with observation, never wasting a word, funny and sympathetic.” Stephen Spender, New Republic

Down There on a Visit

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Christopher Isherwood originally intended Down There on a Visit to be part of The Lost, the unfinished epic novel that would also incorporate his famous Berlin Stories. Tracing many of the same themes as that earlier work, this novel is a bemused, sometimes acid portrait of people caught in private sexual hells of their own making. It ‘s four episodes are connected by four narrators. All are called “Christopher Isherwood,” but each is a different character inhabiting a new setting: Berlin in 1928, the Greek Isles in 1933, London in 1938, and California in 1940. Down There on a Visit is a major work that shows Isherwood at the height of his literary powers.

“In several respects this is probably Isherwood’s best novel. It offers the sheer pleasure of writing completely personal and yet completely controlled, radiant with observation, never wasting a word, funny and sympathetic.” Stephen Spender, New Republic

“This excellent novel may be the best Christopher Isherwood has written . . . . A deeply intelligent and quietly compelling story.” New York Times Book Review

“Few writers have so unsparingly scrutinized their worlds. Down There on a Visit is outrageous, bitter, bleak, angry, wry, revealing, infuriating, and at times marvelously comic. . . . An offbeat classic.” Saturday Review

ISBN 0-8166-3367-3 Paper £00.00 $15.95 COBE
320 Pages 5 7/8 x 9 March
Translation inquiries: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Down There on a Visit

A pioneer in exploring gay themes in his writing, Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) is best known for his classic Berlin Stories, the basis for the stage and movie successes I Am a Camera and Cabaret. His book The Memorial.

Down There on a Visit

“In several respects this is probably Isherwood’s best novel. It offers the sheer pleasure of writing completely personal and yet completely controlled, radiant with observation, never wasting a word, funny and sympathetic.” Stephen Spender, New Republic

“This excellent novel may be the best Christopher Isherwood has written . . . . Out of his literary detachment, strengthened by mystical studies, has come a deeply intelligent and quietly compelling story.” New York Times Book Review

“Few writers have so unsparingly scrutinized their worlds. Down There on a Visit is outrageous, bitter, bleak, angry, wry, revealing, infuriating, and at times marvelously comic. . . . An offbeat classic.” Saturday Review

“By reissuing these four books by Christopher Isherwood, the University of Minnesota Press makes them available to a new generation of readers. All of Isherwood’s books have a strong autobiographical element, so any one of them connects to the whole of his fascinating life, and no one should have to miss a moment of it.” Don Bachardy, Christopher Isherwood's partner for the final 30 years of his life.

“The best prose writer in English.” Gore Vidal