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Greene, Graham
The Honorary consul,
1973.

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“I have no conscience, I’m a simple man”.

First edition of one of Greene’s own favorite novels.

An attractive copy preserved in publisher’s cloth in a bright dust jacket.

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Greene, Graham. The Honorary consul.
London-Sydney-Toronto, The Bodley Head Ltd, 1973.

8vo of 335 pp. publisher’s green cloth, spine titles gilt, dust jacket, a very good copy.
197 x 130 mm.

First edition of one of Greene’s own favorite works. Octavo, original green cloth.

This classic thriller novel further explores the themes of exhausted passions and absurd hopes that Greene developed in his earlier works The Power and the Glory and The Comedians. At the center of the novel is Eduardo Plarr, perhaps the most moving and convincing figure in Greene’s fiction. The Honorary Consul was made into a film in 1983 starring Richard Gere as Eduardo Plarr and Michael Caine with a soundtrack composed by Paul McCartney and performed by John Williams.

“It’s something of a mystery how Greene’s oeuvre can so haunt the mind, insinuating profound questions of imposture and authenticity into our ruminations.  The distinguishing landmarks of the alluring landscape known as “Greeneland” are the questions of virtue and desire, rectitude and compromise, shame and salvation that we’d ask ourselves if we had the time and courage to ponder the meaning of our own motives and activities” (James Mustich).

« The book presents itself as a superb painting of the adventures and torments of the soul caught up in the whirlpools of history… With this novel, Greene, at the height of his narrative powers, develops a simple, spare style of writing, with perfectly crafted dialogues, and an unfailing mastery of the plot, which is straight to the point, full of twists and surprises, always with a psychological focus that hides much of the scenery and landscapes… And always with a touch of humor tinged with cynicism… And always with a touch of humor tinged with cynicism… Nearly ten years after writing it, Greene considered The Honorary Consul to be his best novel” (Thierry Clermont).

The novel’s impact is reflected in Greene’s ability to communicate his vision of the world to his readers, without ever posing as a moralist.

An attractive copy preserved in publisher’s cloth in a bright dust jacket.

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