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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

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One of Robert Harris' favourite books.

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.


The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. After a chance meeting rekindles his love and jealousy two years later, Bendix hires a private detective to follow Sarah, and slowly his love for her turns into an obsession.

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Devastating study of the collision of different kinds of faith, betrayal and commitment The Times In a class by himself...the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety -- William Golding One of the most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody's language -- William Faulkner Greene's novel of illicit love captures perfectly the atmosphere of rainy wartime London - try to read this in one sitting if you can. Express This novel had a great effect on my life...This is not a sentimental book, or one full of the kindness of God, in that both the man and the woman suffer the pain of loss and feel the heat of hell. This novel persuaded me to become a Catholic. Guardian

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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7th October 2004


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Vintage Classic


256 pages


Literary Fiction

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
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