Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.
THE CONFIDENTIAL AGENT
‘A superb storyteller., he had a talent for depicting local colour, a keen sense of the dramatic, an eye for dialogue, and skill in pacing his prose’ New York Times In a small continental country civil war is raging. Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent n a mission to buy. coal at any price. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation, but soon, implicated in murder, accused of possessing false documents and theft, held responsible for the death of a young woman, D becomes a hunted man, tormented by allegiances, doubts and the love of others.
‘The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists, rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings.. .the tragic and comic ironies of love, loyalty and belief’ V. S. Pritchett, The Times
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