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Monday, February 08, 2010

The Berlin years

I was browsing books a few days ago and came across a book titled "Christopher and His Kind" by Christopher Isherwood. The book is an autobiography of Isherwood's time in Berlin just before the outbreak of World War II.

The book was released in 1976 and is considered by many critics to be an important work for two reasons. Most important to me is Christopher's candor about his gay life style and gay Berlin in the 1930's. Isherwood went on to be an early leader of the gay movement in the United States. The book is also considered important for its evolution of the autobiography as novel.

I first learned of Isherwood last spring when I watched a DVD titled "Chris & Don: A Love Story". The film is a fascinating documentary about Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy and their 33 year relationship together. (The young Don Bachardy is very easy on the eyes too.)