GOING TO THE DOGS: THE STORY OF A MORALIST takes place in Berlin after the Wall Street crash of 1929, before the Nazi takeover and at the height of relentlessly rising unemployment when major banks and companies were in collapse. The moralist in question is Jakob Fabian, "aged thirty-two, profession variable, at present advertising copywriter, 17 Schaperstrasse, weak heart” a young man with an excellent education but, at least in the current economy, no prospects and permanently condemned, so far as anyone can see, to a low-paid job without security. This was at a time when one in four people in Germany claimed welfare benefits, a time when ground, favourable to the nightmare of Nazi Germany, was laid. What is to be done? Fabian and friends make the best of it-they go to work every day and in the evenings they head out to the cabarets and try to make it with the girls. So long as there's hope of running into the right person or doing the right thing, well-why stop?
Notable for its prophetic nature and satirising of the years preceding Nazi Germany and the Second World War. This book is a warning to humanity about allowing a rotting core of discontentment and depravity to spread within a society.
The Irish Times - Kastner balances comedy, the music hall and the grim facts of one man's life in a wonderful novel that not only recalls 1920s Berlin but also shines a spotlight on today.
The Times Literary Supplement – GOING TO THE DOGS shows the crumbling Berlin of Christopher Isherwood’s stories with something of Isherwood’s sharp intelligence but a far more tragic sense of implication.