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About the Author: Graham Greene

Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.

Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Catholic,” Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory. Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage.

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Audio CD, Published in Mar 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks

ISBN10: 1441703861 | ISBN13: 9781441703866

This masterpiece of psychological realism is often considered Graham Greene's best novel, a classic of its kind. It is a fascinating study of evil, sin, and the "appalling strangeness of the mercy of God." Set in Brighton, England, among the criminal rabble, this book depicts the tragic career of a seventeen-year-old boy named Pinkie whose primary ambition is to lead a gang to rival that of the wealthy and established Colleoni. His calamitous childhood and repressed sexuality combine to create a force of evil that is both fascinating and repellent. As a Catholic, he is convinced that his retribution does not lie in human hands and is therefore not prepared for Ida Arnold, Hale's avenging angel who takes up the challenge of bringing justice to the contemptible Pinkie.

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