Author(s): Christopher Isherwood (New Directions)
Bremen, 1928. The Greek Islands, 1932. London, 1938. California, 1940. Four portraits, four settings, four narrators all named Christopher Isherwood. Here are the postcards home from a spiritual tourist looking for a new mode of life as well as a new place to live while Europe, and then the world, moves relentlessly toward war. Which of the guides he encounters can lead him to a better future? The businessman, the utopian, the guru, the geisha?Published in 1962, "Down There on a Visit "is based on material from a proposed epic that would also have incorporated "The Berlin Stories. "It is now widely regarded as the most accomplished of Isherwood's novels.
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was born outside Manchester, England. He lived inBerlin from 1929 to 1933 and emigrated from Europe to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books.