WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
In a prison in Occupied France during the Second World War, the order is given that every tenth inmate is to be executed. Louis Chavel, a rich lawyer, draws the short straw and barters everything he owns to exchange places with another man and survive. Destitute but free, Chavel later returns to the house that he sold for his life, where he must face the consequences of his cowardice and seek redemption.
Greene was a past master of the psychological thriller and this was no exception
A masterpiece - tapped out in the lean, sharp prose that film work taught Greene to perfect
All of the Greene hallmarks are there: pace, ingenuity, a sense of profundities suggested but never insisted upon
Typically full of psychological obsession and tricks of perspective, this short story plays games with the concepts of identity and freedom. Threaded through with paranoiac attempts to be sure of time, life, and death, the story ends with impenetrable paradox; with a tragedy and a travesty, a revenge and a redressal, truth and the ultimate lie
From wartime fiction to satire, history to essays on modern life, here are some books that'll transport you to "the queen of watering places".
Graham Greene worked in espionage for MI6, travelled the world and somehow found time to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. With 24 novels, short stories, poetry and two autobiographies under his belt, here's our list of his best books to start with.