Em julho de 2012 li o segundo volume dos diários de Christopher Isherwood, relativo aos anos 60, e transcrevi para aqui ( link ) uma passagem de uma entrada de dezembro de 1963, escrita quando Isherwood acompanha o seu Swami numa viagem à Índia. Fazem escala em Tóquio e Isherwood aproveita…
Já aqui disse que uma das coisas que me encanta nos diários do Christopher Isherwood é a capacidade narrativa da sua prosa, mesmo num registo mais factual como é o diarístico. O trecho que ponho a seguir é disso exemplo. Só para contextualizar, corresponde a uma entrada de Dezembro de…
I think that is Armistead Maupin with Chris and Don
cinnamonandpears asked: Do you have any recommendations for Mr. Isherwood's later works?
A Single Man, of course. And I loved A Meeting By The River.
I did it guys! Still a lil red And of course in proper MLA format.
How kind, how shy he is — searching painfully through the darkness of this world’s ignorance with his blind, mild, deep-sea eye. He has a pained, bewildered smile of despair at all human activity. “It’s inconceivable,” he repeatedly begins, “how anyone in their senses could possibly imagine —” But they do imagine — and Aldous is very, very sorry […]
He is still very much the prize-winning undergraduate, the nervous, fastidious, super-intellectual boy. Stupidity affects him like a nasty smell — and how eagerly he sucks at the dry teats of books! I see how utterly he must depend on Maria, how blessed must be the relaxation in her thin Belgian arms — and I like them both, much better than before. I think Aldous knows that I like him. This is our only bond. We talk such different languages. Every time I open my mouth he is obscurely pained and distressed. I am such a hopeless ignoramus, such a barbarian. “And yet,” I can imagine Aldous saying, “one supposes there is something….these young men who imagined they understood socialism, when, all the time, of course, one saw perfectly clearly —”
—Christopher Isherwood’s diary entry on Aldous Huxley, about six months after their first meeting. (via the-library-and-step-on-it)
Always read the book first: that is my general policy. However, I am actually glad that I saw the film Cabaret before tracing it back to its source. Cabaret is based on a musical based on a play (I am A Camera) based on a novella (Goodbye to Berlin). The author of the novel, Christopher…
Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give iconic, Oscar winning performances in Bob Fosse’s brilliant CABARET (1972). The plot deals with a tragic affair between a would-be novelist and a cabaret chanteuse, set against the decadence of pre-Nazi Berlin in the early 1930’s. Based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood, shot on location in Berlin and adapted from the Tony winning Kander and Ebb musical, it also stars Michael York, Marissa Berenson and Helmut Griem. Filled with eye popping musical numbers, brilliant performances and Fosse’s subtle direction, CABARET is an unsurpassed musical achievement not to be missed!
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