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Graham Greene

The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene The Power And The Glory
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Biographical note:

GRAHAM GREENE (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London TimesHe began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Expressin 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roadswhich served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixoteand The Captain and the EnemyAs well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection ReflectionsMost of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

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A stunning 75th-anniversary edition of Graham Greene’s masterpiece

Named one of the twentieth century’s 100 best novels by Time magazine, The Power and the Glory is Graham Greene’s most popular and critically acclaimed work.

In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, a paramilitary group has taken control. God has been outlawed, and priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now the last priest is on the run. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the nameless little “whiskey
priest” is nevertheless impelled toward his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers.

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Named one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century by Time magazine
 
“Graham Greene’s masterpiece…. The energy and grandeur of his finest novel derive from the…will toward compassion, an ideal communism even more Christian than Communist.” —John Updike
 
“[Graham Green] captured the conscience of the twentieth century man like no other.” —William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
 
“Graham Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature.”John Le Carré

“Brilliant . . . a splendid achievement.” —The Atlantic Monthly


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