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Prater Violet

Prater Violet

A Novel

FSG Classics

Christopher Isherwood

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


"Prater Violet is the most charming novel I have read in a long time." —Diana Trilling

Originally published in 1945, Christopher Isherwood's 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 an ironic counterpoint to tragic events as Hitler annexes the real Vienna of the 1930s. The novel features vivid portraits of the imperious, passionate, and witty Austrian director Friedrich Bergmann and his disciple, a genial young screenwriter—the fictionalized Christopher Isherwood.

Praise for Prater Violet

“Prater Violet, in my view, is one of the best short novels in English written in this century.” —Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic

“Prater Violet resembles the episodes in Goodbye to Berlin and keeps up the same high level of excellence.” —Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker


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Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books.

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Frances Homolka

Christopher Isherwood

The Christopher Isherwood Foundation

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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