Goodbye to Berlin

Goodbye to a wild, wicked, breathtaking, and decadent Berlin and its people

Here, meine Damen und Herren, is Christopher Isherwood’s brilliant farewell to a city which was not only buildings, streets, and people, but was also a state of mind which will never come around again.

In linked short stories, he says goodbye to Sally Bowles, to Fraulein Schroeder, to pranksters, perverts, political manipulators; to the very, very guilty and to the dwindling band of innocents. It is goodbye to a Berlin wild, wicked, breathtaking, decadent beyond belief and already — in the years between the wars — welcoming death in through the door, though more with a wink than a whimper.

(from Goodreads)

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Goodbye to Berlin‘s Wikipedia entry

Author Christopher Isherwood’s Wikipedia entry

An in-depth review on JacquiWine’s Journal – with more quotes!


“I think’, said Sally, ‘it must be marvellous to be a novelist. You’re frightfully dreamy and unpractical and unbusinesslike, and people imagine they can fairly swindle you as much as they want – and then you sit down and write a book about them which fairly shows them what swine they all are, and it’s the most terrific success and you make pots of money.”

– Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin

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Important changes to the site
Sep 23

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From September 2023 this site will only be an index site for new entries. If I can find interview bits from the authors about the craft writing linked short stories I will add that, otherwise there will be no additional information. You are still welcome to contact me if you want to add links, etcetera to an entry on a collection you have authored.  I hope to get the resources to expand all entries further in the future. Unless otherwise noted all blurbs are from Goodreads.
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