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The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
  

The Honorary Consul

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One hundred years ago a writer was born who captured the essence of the 20th Century like no other: Graham Greene.

To mark this, literary publishing house Vintage is reissuing eight titles with new introductions by contemporary authors such as JM Coetzee and Zadie Smith.

If you like Graham Greene you might also like to read books by Piers Paul Read and Brian Moore.

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The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

Graham Greene's gripping tragicomedy of a bungled kidnapping in a provincial Argentinian town is considered one of his finest. It tells of Charley Fortnum, the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority taken by a group of revolutionaries. As Eduardo Plarr, a local doctor, negotiates with revolutionaries and authorities for Fortnum's release, the corruption of both becomes evident.

In this spare, tense novel, Graham Greene explores the morality of a political system that turns priests into killers.


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Perhaps the most enduring novel that even he has give us Daily Mail The tension never relaxes and one reads hungrily from page to page, dreading the moment it will end -- Auberon Waugh Evening Standard Greene's work attempts to link the serious moral imagination with the spirit of adventure and romance and to extend the remapping of imaginative geography first undertaken by Conrad Times Higher Education Supplement A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy New York Times Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations... For experience of a whole century he was the man within -- Norman Sherry Independent


About the Author

Graham Greene
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. Graham Greene died in April 1991. Among the many people who paid tribute to him on his death was Kingsley Amis: 'He will be missed all over the world. Until today, he was our greatest living novelist.'

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Publication date

7th October 2004

Author

Graham Greene

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Publisher

Vintage Classic

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099478386

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