Discover Graham Green’s prescient political masterpiece
‘The novel that I love the most is The Quiet American’ Ian McEwan
Into the intrigue and violence of 1950s Indo-China comes CIA agent Alden Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch.
But even as he intervenes he wonders why: for the greater good, or something altogether more complicated?
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZADIE SMITH
**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
There has been no novel of any political scope about Vietnam since Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American
A master of storytelling
One of the finest writers of any language
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
From John Le Carré to Ian Fleming, Baroness Orczy to Viet Thanh Nguyen, these authors' 'special skill' is to keep you on the edge of your seat...
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.