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The Berlin Stories

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The Berlin Stories
First edition
AuthorChristopher Isherwood
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherNew Directions
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

The Berlin Stories is a book consisting of two novellas by Christopher Isherwood: Goodbye to Berlin and Mr Norris Changes Trains. It was published in 1945. The collection was chosen as one of the Time 100 Best English-language novels of the 20th century.[2]


I am a camera with its shutter open.

The two novellas are set in Berlin between 1930 and 1933, just as Adolf Hitler was moving into power. Berlin is portrayed by Isherwood during this transition period of cafes and quaint avenues, grotesque nightlife and dreamers, and powerful mobs and millionaires.

The Berlin Stories was the inspiration for the John Van Druten play I Am a Camera, which in turn went on to inspire the film I Am a Camera as well as the stage musical and film version of Cabaret.

Sally Bowles is probably the best-known character from The Berlin Stories because she was the focus of the Cabaret musical and film, although in The Berlin Stories she is only the main character of one short story in Goodbye to Berlin.

See also


  1. ^ "The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood".
  2. ^ Grossman, Lev (6 January 2010). "All-Time 100 Novels: The Berlin Stories". Time. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
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