written by Christopher Isherwood
Vintage | ISBN 9780099561132
Paperback – 144 pages
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"A deliberate historical parable "Prater Violet" resembles episodes in "Goodbye to Berlin" and keeps up the same high level of excellence". (Edmund Wilson). An impatient phone call from the temperamental Austrian director, Friedrich Bergmann, introduces a young Christopher Isherwood to the film industry. Isherwood's job is to rescue the script of a sentimental love story set in nineteenth-century Vienna, a film called "Prater Violet". In the real Vienna of 1934 the Austrian Right crushes a socialist uprising. Bergmann is distraught and his prophecy of the coming war goes unheeded. As tensions on set grow, studio intrigues and competing egos threaten to derail the whole project.