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Down There on a Visit A Novel,9780374533809

Down There on a Visit A Novel

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Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/11/2013
Publisher(s): Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Summary

Consisting of four accounts of encounters with four male characters, each of them visited by a different Christopher Isherwood, and each set in a different time and placeBerlin in the 1920s (overlapping the time period of the Berlin Stories), the Greek Isles in the early 1930s, London in the late 1930s and California in 1940this acclaimed novel explores Isherwood's fundamental concerns with the choice of a way of life, and its implications for love, sex, spirituality and self-fulfillment. Published in 1959, when Isherwood had already become something of a literary rock star, Down There on a Visita very funny but also sad and deeply personal book that charts Isherwood's life of carnal indulgence and his first interlude with what would become a serious involvement with Eastern mysticism.

Author Biography

Christopher Isherwood (1902–1986) was born in Manchester, England, and 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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“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, The New Republic

“This excellent novel may be the best Christopher Isherwood has written . . .  A deeply intelligent and quietly compelling story.” —The 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

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