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Christophananda Writes His Religion: Isherwood's Purgatory

Stephen Wade

Abstract

Most readings of Isherwood’s work tend to gloss over the writing

he did between the Berlin stories and the last novels, steeped in his

responses to his encounter with Vedanta Hinduism. Yet, the fiction

of these years – mostly the fifties and early sixties – offers a great

deal to us if we wish to understand Isherwood’s major attempt at

resolving some of the problems of the religious novel, attempted

chiefly in A Meeting by the River (1967).

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