Synopses & Reviews
Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt "Papa Doc" and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man these are the "comedians" of Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. They are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself...
"Graham Greene arouses responses of curiosity and attention comparable to those set up by Malraux...Faulkner and Hemingway." New Statesman
The centenary edition with a new introduction by Paul Theroux: three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti. Hiding behind their actors masks, they hesitate on the edge of life afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself.
About the Author
Graham Greene (19041991) worked as a journalist and critic, and was later employed by the foreign office. His many books include The Power and the Glory
, The Third Man
, Our Man in Havana
, The Comedians
and Travels with My Aunt
. He is the subject of an acclaimed three-volume biography by Norman Sherry.
Paul Theroux's writing includes the novels Saint Jack, The Black House, The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, and My Secret History; four collections of short stories; a book of two novellas, Half Moon Street; two books for young readers, A Christmas Card and London Show; a critical study of the works of West Indian novelist V.S. Naipaul; and several volumes of travel writing, including The Old Patagonian Express and The Kingdom by the Sea. Paul Theroux divides his time between Hawaii and Cape Cod.