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My Guru and His Disciple

Christopher Isherwood


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PUBLISHED: 23rd May 2013
ISBN: 9780099561231
ANNOTATION:
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW In 1939, as Europe approaches war, Isherwood, an instinctive pacifist, travels west to California, seeking a new set of beliefs to replace the failed Leftism of the thirties.
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  • Paperback
    $26.57
PUBLISHED: 23rd May 2013
ISBN: 9780099561231
ANNOTATION:
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW In 1939, as Europe approaches war, Isherwood, an instinctive pacifist, travels west to California, seeking a new set of beliefs to replace the failed Leftism of the thirties.

Annotation

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW

In 1939, as Europe approaches war, Isherwood, an instinctive pacifist, travels west to California, seeking a new set of beliefs to replace the failed Leftism of the thirties.

Publisher Description

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW

In 1939, as Europe approaches war, Isherwood, an instinctive pacifist, travels west to California, seeking a new set of beliefs to replace the failed Leftism of the thirties. There he meets Swami Prabhavananda, a Hindu monk, who will become his spiritual guide for the next thirty-seven years. Late-night drinking sessions, free love, and the glamour of writing for the Hollywood studios alternate with meditation, abstinence and the study of religious texts in a compelling tug of war between worldliness and holiness.

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW In 1939, as Europe readies itself for the war crisis, Isherwood is living uneasily in New York. Struggling with pacifism and unshakeable feelings of dissatisfaction he travels to Hollywood searching for ideological support. Instead he meets Swami Phabhavananda, a Hindu monk, who will become his spiritual guide for the next thirty years. Late-night drinking sessions, free love and the glamour of intellectual life in Hollywood alternate with meditation, abstinence and religious discipline, in a compelling tug of war between worldiness and holiness. 'What emerges is a record of a religious adventure that would have delighted Kierkegaard,' Edmund White, New York Times See also: The Condor and Cows

Author Biography

Christopher Isherwood was born in 1904. He began to write at university and later moved to Berlin, where he gave English lessons to support himself. He witnessed first hand the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany and some of his best works, such as Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, draw on these experiences. He created the character of Sally Bowles, later made famous as the heroine of the musical Cabaret. Isherwood travelled with W.H Auden to China in the late 1930s before going with him to America in 1939. He died on 4 January 1986. His novel A Single Man was recently made into an award-winning film by Tom Ford, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

Review

The sacred and the profane collide like never before -- Giles Foden Conde Nast Traveller What emerges is a record of a religious adventure that would have delighted Kierkegaard... Isherwood rejects conventional piety - all the humdrum apparatus of worship - in favor of a direct, even jaunty appreciation of how preposterous, certainly precarious, spirituality can be today. New York Times A masterpiece of spiritual memoir Los Angeles Times Isherwood has reinvented the spirit of devotion for the modern reader. If I had to propose a candidate for canonization, Isherwood - wry, self-conscious, scrupulously honest - would get my vote -- Edmund White New York Times

Review Text

"Isherwood has reinvented the spirit of devotion for the modern reader. If I had to propose a candidate for canonization, Isherwood - wry, self-conscious, scrupulously honest - would get my vote"

Promotional "Headline"

First published in 1980, Isherwood's overlooked last book is central to an understanding of his life and work.

Product Details

Author
Christopher Isherwood
Year
2013
ISBN-10
0099561239
ISBN-13
9780099561231
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Series
Vintage Classics
Language
English
Pages
320
Publication Date
2013-05-23
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Audience
General/Trade