The Hustler

A novel about the homosexual sub culture in inter war Berlin.
The Hustler A novel about the homosexual sub culture in inter war Berlin

  • Title: The Hustler
  • Author: John Henry Mackay
  • ISBN: 9781401044916
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    John Henry Mackay

    John Henry Mackay 1864 1933 grew up in Germany with his German mother after the early death of his Scottish father His long literary career included writings in a variety of forms, though he was best known as a lyric poet and anarchist His biography of Max Stirner revived interest in that 19th century philosopher of egoism.Also wrote under the pen name of Sagitta

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    • Michael Ritchie said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Historically important German novel from the 1920s. Hermann, a lonely office clerk, falls in love from afar with Gunther, a teenage hustler. Their story does not end happily, though it's not tragic, either. Hermann's feelings aren't really love as much as, as Natalia Landauer puts it in Cabaret, an infatuation of the body, and his feelings never grow beyond that. Gunther is a lost little boy who is treated badly by everyone around him, even (perhaps especially) by his so-called friends, and it's [...]

    • Conradx said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      An outstanding book, if not for an historical perspective alone, Hubert Kennedy spent years crafting a translation from the original writings of John Henry Mackay. If you like a good love story with a tragic end, and the best ones do, this is the book for you. I would recommend it to anyone interested in queer theory or gay and lesbian history, but I'd also recommend it as a great page turner at the beach.

    • Stephen said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Set in 1924 Berlin. What is amazing is that this was written in 1926 Berlin. The fact that the book treats a gay love story in a matter-of-fact way is pretty amazing. Since it was actually written in that period, the story is a bit quaint and I found it dragged in parts. But as a historical document, I think it's pretty invaluable. Christopher Isherwood said "It gives a picture of the Berlin sexual underworld early in this century which I know, from my own experience, to be authentic."

    • Dave1962uk said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Set in 1920,s Berlin. I have read this book 3 times and will no doubt read it again.

    • George Ilsley said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      This novel depicts the world best-known through Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories. Indeed, it is blurbed by Isherwood, who loves the book "despite or because of its sentimental absurdities."Published in the 1920's the book is certainly unique. However, as a novel it does drag a bit through the middle when we get bogged down in the sentimental absurdity -- Hermann falls in love and can imagine no other. Perhaps to believe this world we also have to accept how isolated and ignorant Hermann is [...]

    • Andrew said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Amazing Book! Truly just amazing!

    • Amanda said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 12:17 PM

      Intriguing story about life as a man who falls for a gay hustler in Berlin in 1926.

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