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[[ Read E-pub ]] ⚤ Prater Violet à Prater Violet Is The Most Charming Novel I Have Read In A Long Time Diana TrillingOriginally Published In , Christopher Isherwood S Prater Violet Is A Stingingly Satirical Novel About The Film Industry It Centers Around The Production Of The Vacuous Fictional Melodrama Prater Violet, Set In Nineteenth Century Vienna, Providing An Ironic Counterpoint To Tragic Events As Hitler Annexes The Real Vienna Of The S The Novel Features Vivid Portraits Of The Imperious, Passionate, And Witty Austrian Director Friedrich Bergmann And His Disciple, A Genial Young Screenwriter The Fictionalized Christopher Isherwood This book completely revitalized me It s economy of language and precise plotting were refreshing and educational I highly recommend it to anybody interested in novels that revolve around a central absence, here the impending outbreak of WWII as told through the sieve of a meaningless romantic comedy.If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for reviews A brief novella with no chapters published in 1945 Isherwood is as good as ever It is autobiographical and the main character is called Christopher Isherwood It describes Isherwood s time as a screenwriter on the film Little Friend in 1934 The central character is a film director Friedrich Bergmann based on Berthold Viertel It is set at the time of the rise of Nazism, just before the Anschluss Bergmann is an Austrian Jew It is a satire of the film industry, but it also depicts a time and place and captures the general indifference to the rise of Nazism Isherwood explores the tension between creative artists and the insidiousness of commerce Friedrich Bergmann is the stand out character, dominating the novella, a typical demanding and outrageous director often self important and unpredictable, but also charming and generous Bergmann s family are in Austria and this adds to the tension The ongoing human tendency to avoid reality is at the centre But for Isherwood the future was clear Like all my friends I believed a European war was coming soon I believed as one believes one will die It was unreal because I couldn t imagine anything beyond it I refused to imagine anything just as a spectator refuse to imagine what is behind the scenery in the theatre, The outbreak of war, like the moment of death crossed my perspective of the future like a wall it marked the instant, total end of my imagined world Isherwood s description of life in a film studio is also telling It will interest you, as a phenomenon You see, the film studio of today is really the palace of the sixteenth century There one sees what Shakespeare saw the absolute power of the tyrant, the courtiers, the flatterers, the jesters, the cunningly ambitious intriguers There are fantastically beautiful women, there are incompetent favourites There are great men who are suddenly disgraced There is a most insane extravagance, and unexpected parsimony over a few pence There is enormous splendour, which is a sham and also horrible squalor hidden behind the scenery There are vast schemes, abandoned because of some caprice There are secrets which everybody knows and no one speaks of There are even one or two honest advisers These are the court fools, who speak the deepest wisdom in puns, lest they should be taken seriously They grimace, and tear their hair privately and weep The novel drifts along at a good pace, very enjoyable until the last ten pages and they are brilliant Isherwood at his best There is a coded description of his love life and then there is this There is one question that we seldom ask each other directly it is too brutal And yet it is the only question worth asking our fellow travellers What makes you go on living Why don t you kill yourself Why is all this bearable What makes you bear it Could I answer that question about myself No Yes Perhaps I supposed, vaguely, that it was a kind of balance, a complex of tensions This is a little gem of a novel. Scrive Manganelli nella nota finaleSe Isherwood scrivesse musica, la sua predilezione ha qualcosa di infantile andrebbe ai fiati romanzi per oboe, clarinetto, per corno di bassetto Il corno di bassetto aereo di quella ariosit serale e boschiva che s accompagna ad una solitudine insieme pittoresca e irreparabile un precario sorriso custodisce una delicata risonanza, l allucinazione dell eco, una sonorit pensosa, e insieme elegante la sonorit delicata di una angoscia ostinata ma inafferrabile l imprecisa, cattivante angoscia dell esistenza Londra, anni Trenta Chatsworth sogna di realizzare una Tosca scritta da Maugham, con Greta Garbo come protagonista, invece alle prese con La violetta del Prater A dirigerlo il regista ebreo tedesco Friedrich Bergmann, sceneggiatore il giovane e promettente scrittore Christopher Isherwood Si lavora in un clima di esaltazione, di entusiasmo, ma in Europa incombe la catastrofe A Berlino in corso il processo per l incendio del Reichstag in Austria gli scontri con le masse operaie sono aspri, seguono arresti, condanne, uccisioni Gli inglesi non vogliono credere Non ancora Meglio illudersi che non accadr Meglio non pensare allo scoppio di una guerra europea Meglio vivere nell inconsistenza della finzioneQuesto rispettabile ombrello la bacchetta magica con la quale l inglese cercher di fare scomparire Hitler Quando poi Hitler rifiuter di scomparire, allora l inglese aprir il suo ombrello e dir Dopo tutto, che pu farmi un po di pioggia Ma la pioggia sar una pioggia di bombe e di sangue L ombrello non a prova di bomba .Solo Bergmann pare inquieto Sente la guerra avvicinarsi L Austria, dove ha lasciato moglie e figlia, non pi sicura E mentre fra le macchine dell illusione volteggia la leggerezza, si scivola, dolcemente, verso il baratro della follia nazista La favola bella pretesto per riflettere Perch certa leggerezza tanto leggera nonChe cosa ti spinge a vivere Perch non ti ammazzi Perch si riesce a sopportare tutto Che cosa te lo fa sopportare Potevo rispondere a una domanda del genere No S Forse Supponevo, vagamente, che fosse per una sorta di equilibrio, un complesso di tensioni Si fa la cosa che viene dopo nell elenco Un pasto da consumare Il capitolo undici da scrivere Il telefono che suona Si esce in taxi, diretti in un posto qualunque Il proprio lavoro I divertimenti La gente I libri Le cose che si possono comperare nei negozi C sempre qualche cosa di nuovo Deve esserci Diversamente, l equilibrio verrebbe interrotto, la tensione spezzata La morte, bramata, temuta Il sonno, tanto desiderato Il terrore del sopraggiungere del sonno La morte La guerra La vasta citt addormentata, destinata alle bombe Il rombo degli aeroplani incursori Le batterie contraeree Le urla Le case sbriciolate La morte universale La mia morte La morte del mondo visto, conosciuto, assaporato, tangibile La morte col suo esercito di paure Non le paure che tutti conoscono, le paure cui si fa pubblicit , ma quelle pi terribili le paure segrete dell infanzia Paura del tuffo dal trampolino, del cane del fattore e del cavallino del parroco, paura degli armadi, dei corridoi scuri, paura di spaccarsi un unghia con un taglierino E, al culmine, la pi indicibilmente temibile, la paura prima quella di aver paura Forse avrei potuto volgermi a Bergmann e chiedergli Chi sei E io, chi sono Che cosa facciamo qui Ma gli attori non possono rivolgersi domande simili durante lo spettacolo Libri sul divano dei pigri A masterpiece Does in 128 pages what contemporary or recently deceased masters can t do in a thousand pages Every word, every sentence perfect.The narrator, Christopher Isherwood, who is not the author but is the author, is hired to work on a film that is directed by an Austrian Jew in London during the fall of his country to Hitler This slim book shows you everything that s wrong and that s right in the times and tells you all you ll ever need to know about making a movie The last seven pages are one of the greatest poems albeit in prose ever written.I cannot recommend this book highly enough It s past amazing Read it.