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The Honorary Consulby Graham Greene
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In a provincial Argentinean town, Charley Fortnum, a British consul with dubious authority and a weakness for drink, is kidnapped by Paraguayan revolutionaries who have mistaken him for the American ambassador. Dr. Eduardo Plarr, a local physician with his own divided loyalties, serves as the negotiator between the rebels and the authorities. These fumbling characters play out an absurd drama of failure, hope, love, and betrayal against a backdrop of political chaos. The Honorary Consul is both a gripping novel of suspense and a penetrating psychological and sociological study of personal and political corruption. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Mark Bosco.
A morally complex and mature work from a modern master
IN THIS later novel by Graham Greene? featuring a new introduction?the author continues to explore moral and theological dilemmas through psychologically astute character studies and exciting drama on an international stage. In The Honorary Consul, a British consul with a fondness for drink is mistaken for an American ambassador and kidnapped by Paraguayan revolutionaries.
About the Author
Graham Greene (19041991) is the author of twenty-five novels. He worked for the British secret service during World War II, an experience reflected in many of his novels.
Mark Bosco is an assistant professor of English at Loyola University Chicago and is the author of Graham Green‛s Catholic Imagination.
Colm Toibin is the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awardwinning author of The Blackwater Lightship and The Master.
John Auchard is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and has introduced the Penguin Classics edition of Italian Hours by Henry James.
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