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Prater Violet

2001
Author:

Christopher Isherwood

Prater Violet

The lively novel on filmmaking, now back in print!

Originally published in 1945, Prater Violet is a stingingly satirical novel about the film industry. It centers around the production of the vacuous fictional melodrama Prater Violet, set in nineteenth-century Vienna, providing ironic counterpoint to tragic events as Hitler annexes the real Vienna of the 1930s. The novel features the vivid portraits of imperious, passionate, and witty Austrian director Friedrich Bergmann and his disciple, a genial young screenwriter-the fictionalized Christopher Isherwood.

Prater Violet, in my view, is one of the best short novels in English written in this century.

Stanley Kauffmann

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The lively novel on filmmaking, now back in print!

Originally published in 1945, Prater Violet is a stingingly satirical novel about the film industry. It centers around the production of the vacuous fictional melodrama Prater Violet, set in nineteenth-century Vienna, providing ironic counterpoint to tragic events as Hitler annexes the real Vienna of the 1930s. The novel features the vivid portraits of imperious, passionate, and witty Austrian director Friedrich Bergmann and his disciple, a genial young screenwriter-the fictionalized Christopher Isherwood.

“Prater Violet, in my view, is one of the best short novels in English written in this century." --Stanley Kauffmann

"Prater Violet is the most charming novel I have read in a long time. . . . a novel about movie writers, which is yet a novel about the life of every serious artist.” --Diana Trilling

“Prater Violet resembles the episodes in Goodbye to Berlin and keeps up the same high level of excellence.” --Edmund Wilson

ISBN 0-8166-3861-6 Paper £10.95 $14.95 COBE
144 Pages 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 April
Translation Inquiries: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC

Prater Violet

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

Prater Violet

Prater Violet, in my view, is one of the best short novels in English written in this century.

Stanley Kauffmann

Prater Violet is the most charming novel I have read in a long time. . . . a novel about movie writers, which is yet a novel about the life of every serious artist.

Diana Trilling

A deliberate historical parable. Prater Violet resembles the episodes in Goodbye to Berlin and keeps up the same high level of excellence.

Edmund Wilson

At the end of the lovely, self-deprecating Prater Violet, emotion cascades into a passionate disquisition on love and death.

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