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READ & DOWNLOAD Goodbye to Berlin ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ð [Epub] ➟ Goodbye to Berlin ➠ Christopher Isherwood – Adio Berlin a inspirat scenariul celebrului film Cabaret regizat de Bob Fosse distins cu 8 premii Oscar 7 premii Bafta şi 3 premii Globul de Aur în 1973Berlinul inAgnaţilor şi al lumii interlope un oraş plin de pericole unde ameninţarea tăcută a nazismului se va transforma curând într o realitate atro. This was not uite what I expected and I wish I had ended up liking it than I did The famous sentence from the first page is “I am a camera with its shutter open uite passive recording not thinking Christopher Isherwood created the novel out of his diaries he kept in Berlin in the early 1930s Towards the end Hitler was rising the city gradually changing and the writer decided to leave Berlin for good This is the section I really liked The rest excepting the character of Sally Bowles played by Liza Minelli in the movie Cabaret left me rather indifferent I acknowledge the writing honest and clear but the camera was way too passive and distant

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Adio Berlin a inspirat scenariul celebrului film Cabaret regizat de Bob Fosse distins cu premii Oscar premii Bafta şi Goodbye to PDFEPUB or premii. I am a camera with its shutter open uite passive recording not thinking p1 I catch sight of my face in the mirror of a shop and am horrified to see that I am smiling You can't help smiling in such beautiful weather The trams are going up and down the Kleiststrasse just as usual They and the people on the pavement and the tea cosy cosy dome of the Nollendorfplatz station have an air of a curious familiarity of striking resemblance to something one remembers as normal and pleasant in the past like a very good photograph No Even now I can't altogether believe that any of this really happened p252So the idea of a camera and of photography frames this little book my first thought was 'no you are not a camera nor can you be' any such assertion always giving rising to the opposite thought But it seems a key idea the author pretends he is not the author just a camera and his stories just photographs instantly we wonder why does he pretend not to be human to be a device And recall that even a camera has to be pointed and clicked the film wound on even if there isn't a photographer there must be a person who sets up the camera trap and that implies any number of conscious and unconscious decisions A photograph we know isn't always just a true image it can be manipulated in various ways The 'camera' decided to be in Berlin to arrive in 1930 and to leave in 1933 The negatives are only finally developed in 1939 reading the stories one notices that they intersect each other time has been sacrificed to preserve unity of place the illusion of a camera present at one location taking a picture and then we can inspect the scenes captured by the camera in so far as they are careful staged and arranged of posers the whole thing is about performance the book is a game between ideas of theatre and veracityI think we can easily say that Isherwood is trying to hide behind the image of the camera and a theme is him playing hide and seek with the reader he tells us about his life and experiences and yet tries to hide from our view Some clues as to why occur early on in the third paragraph he talks of the boys whistling to their girlfriends to let them in he doesn't like this because eventually a whistle so piercing so insistent so despairingly human that at last I have to get up and peep through the slats of the Venetian blind to make uite sure that it is not as I know very well it could not possibly be for me p2 The man desires to be treated by a young man as his girlfriend A transgression of sexuality and class and nation too if you are of patriotic inclinations We might understand then why he might hide from his 1939 audience but then we have to wonder why he reveals so much this isn't a strip tease a compulsive taking off and putting back on the same garmentMy reaction was to imagine that what Isherwood needed was Earnest Hemingway specifically in Spain as I recall from Death in the Afternoon Hemingway was obsessed with men having sex with men he sees it everywhere from the paintings of El Greco to a pair of Americans in a Paris Hotel with Hemingway providing the Gaydar surely Isherwood would be cosy in another man's arms in no time but no this was a false conclusion for in the 15th paragraph just pages 5 into 6 we have the Herr Rittmeister the riding master who specialises in riding women overturning the coffee cups as he does so staining the wallpaper with coffee allegedly One has a sense of Isherwood as ambivalent about sexuality he desires to be desired and to hear his boyfriend whistling for him from the street at the same time he is a camera in the zoo photographing the uncontrollable animal behaviours of the non cameras the humans Separate from them safe from emotional involvementIndeed later Otto is described as an animal but Isherwood observes the good effects the animal behaviour has on Peter Wilkinson but also Peter's descent into jealousy whenever Otto looks at a woman or a poster Sexual life may have its satisfactions but Isherwood appears to fear the power of the emotions I wonder if in part this is because 'Peter Wilkinson' and 'Sally Bowles' are alter egos of Isherwood rather than real people No doubt the fanciful utterance of a sick person and the relationship between Isherwood and those others not so direct though when Sally Bowles says that painting her toe nails makes her feel sensual I imagine Isherwood admires her open sensuality Wilkinson in counterpoint to her is a warning if you step into a sexual life this is what you'll become a jealous obsessive Perhaps because of this the book reminded me of the film La Dolce Vita which is anything but to its protagonists the politics of the two works is also similar Here in the legendary hedonistic last years of the Weimar republic no one seems to be having a good timeThe same triad repeats itself through the book in politics there is communism Hitler or indifference passing on by while wringing the hands Since Isherwood is a camera we might expect him to take the third choice and indeed that is the best description of his inactions During the Sally Bowles chapter Isherwood observes the funeral procession for Social democracy pass under his window after this he begins to describe himself as a socialist by extension associating himself with a dead cause later he is described as a communist this defined as a belief in euality and as an anti fascist So we ask if the camera is not ideologically neutral but in fact ideologically committed do a series of pictures of Berlin's demi monde and scrapers and strivers barely keeping their heads above water some of whom support Hitler most of whom are politically uncommitted amount to a political pictureThere is an implicit warning if you don't take sides you don't get to choose and eventually you'll be discussing the nature of death by 'natural causes' pp222 224 If you're not involved in politics politics will involve itself with you This this emphasised by the visit to the Reformatory the boys there can see through the windows their options for their future life the prison or the factory And the factory has closed down They aren't locked in because where can they run to The borstal is a social service a refuge from home life Isn't there a kind of natural instinct for freedom Isherwood asks there is but the boys soon lose it p239 This appears to be a political commentary given the choice between work or concentration camps people will be uiet and uickly accept the loss of freedom and writing in 1939 plainly there are international implications to this Peace is indivisible as Molotov said without a cocktail in his handWhy I wondered did Isherwood stay so long in Berlin he doesn't seem to have liked it not even the gay bar and the nightclub but then the whole book comes down to performance and staging the art of being a photographer perhaps is in knowing when to take a picture and I suspect at some point he is staying to collect stories At the Nowak's he writes of working on a novel about unhappy people in a large country house with unearned incomes while living among unhappy people in a small rented apartment where there is Kein Auskommen mit dem Einkommen no outcome with this income one can imagine that at some point the pfenning droppedThe politics was nicely handled the Nazi presence builds up and with the eruption of the Americans into the ueer club we sense that the Nazis are street theatre they are just another form of performance carefully staged while in the background is the succession of unsuccessful chancellors as the political process grinds towards failureIt is a much miserable and alienated work than I had imagined it might be But then I suppose when a person aspires to being a camera what can one expectview spoiler1930 1939distance framing observing alienationsexuality identity alter egos politics locationpresentation is anything realThe reformatry hide spoiler

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Goodbye to BerlinGlobul de Aur în Berlinul interbelic un oraş decadent plin de cabarete şi cafenele un oraş grotesc populat de păsări de noapte un oraş al m. The Berlin Stories all contain so many colors emotions that the whole desolate grey Berlin of our dreams is pretty much obliterated Well sort of The writer's autobiographical anecdotes are inspiring this is precisely what a foreigner writing in a strange land should write like He is mystified he is the average onlooker but he participates often and with polarizing results even his sexual identity is a big usually saying one thing to a character lying inventing distorting and meaning another Isherwood knows that his naivete only takes him so far he seeks out experience and then we are all the richer for itGoodbye to Berlin is a twofold title in personal and historic terms Isherwood never left Berlin he entertains and proves to be an astute intrepid travel companion But when his physical person DID manage to get out it was just in the nick of time Hitler's rise is seen as the very death of German bohemia Isherwood is present at this pivotal revelatory instant of the 20th century but only at the margins; this is a compelling fascinating far than just interesting travelogue