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Our Man In Havana

Author : Graham Greene
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Genre : Cuba
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Nonsense-suspense story about a middle-aged Englishman, a mousey shopkeeper in Cuba, who is recruited for the secret service without quite knowing what it's all about.

Our Man Down In Havana The Story Behind Graham Greene S Cold War Spy Novel

Author : Christopher Hull
ISBN : 9781643131016
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Exploring the backstory that led to the writing of Graham Greene's beloved satirical spy novel, Our Man Down in Havana evokes this pivotal time and place in the author's life. When U.S. immigration authorities deported Graham Greene from Puerto Rico in 1954, the British author made an unplanned visit to Havana and discovered that “every vice was permissible and every trade possible” in a Caribbean fleshpot of mafia-run casinos and nude revues. The former MI6 officer had stumbled upon the ideal setting for a comic espionage story. Three years later, he returned in the midst of Fidel Castro’s guerrilla insurgency against a U.S.-backed dictator to begin writing his iconic novel Our Man in Havana. Twelve weeks after its publication, the Cuban Revolution triumphed in January 1959, soon transforming a capitalist playground into a communist stronghold. Combining biography, history, and politics, Our Man Down in Havana investigates the real story behind Greene’s fictional one. This includes his many visits to a pleasure island that became a revolutionary island, turning his chance involvement into a political commitment. His Cuban novel describes an amateur agent who dupes his intelligence chiefs with invented reports about “concrete platforms and unidentifiable pieces of giant machinery.” With eerie prescience, Greene’s satirical tale had foretold the Cold War’s most perilous episode, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Exploiting a wealth of archival material and interviews with key protagonists, Our Man Down in Havana delves into the story behind and beyond the author’s prophetic Cuban tale, focusing on one slice of Greene’s manic life: a single novel and its complex history.

Cuba Culture Smart

Author : Russell Maddicks
ISBN : 9781857338461
Genre : Travel
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Cuba is a land of contradictions that is easy to enjoy but difficult for first-time visitors to decipher. The largest island in the Caribbean, it is a tropical paradise that Christopher Columbus called "the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen." It is famous for the romantic charm of its crumbling colonial cities, the beauty of its white sand beaches, and its irresistible Afro-Cuban dance beats. But it is also a land of shortages and tight government control, which has been in a sixty-year political standoff with its superpower neighbor, the USA. The homegrown version of single-party socialism created by Fidel Castro has kept Cuba in a Cold War time warp that only now is beginning to change. As travel restrictions are relaxed US tourists can once again visit the island. Greater flexibility toward private enterprise is opening it up to boutique hotels and high-quality home-based restaurants. There is a boom in special-interest tourism for cyclists, hikers, birdwatchers, and scuba divers, while foreign entrepreneurs are eagerly exploring investment opportunities. Culture Smart! Cuba will take you beyond the usual descriptions of Havana nightlife, vintage cars, and hand-rolled cigars and give you an insider's view of an island that is teetering on the brink of historic change. It offers insights into Cuba's fascinating history, national icons, unique food, vibrant cultural scene, and world-renowned music. Practical tips help business travelers gain an edge on the competition. But most of all, this book aims to show you how best to break the ice and get a better understanding of the infinitely resourceful Cuban people, who despite severe hardships and shortages over many years remain optimistic and fiercely proud of their heritage and culture.

Penguin Classics

Author : Penguin (Firm)
ISBN : 0147715970
Genre : Literature
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Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Catalog

Author : Penguin Books
ISBN : 0147717914
Genre : Literature
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ISBN : 0147710901
Genre : Literature
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The Tenth Man

Author : Graham Greene
ISBN : 9780671019099
Genre : Fiction
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Held prisoner by the Germans during World War II, a wealthy French lawyer is chosen to die but makes a cowardly trade for his life, a decision that he must pay for as a free man. Reprint.

Books In Print

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ISBN : UOM:39015054048460
Genre : American literature
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The Man Within

Author : Graham Greene
ISBN : 0140185305
Genre : English fiction
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Tells the story of Andrews, a young man who has betrayed his fellow smugglers and fears their vengeance. Fleeing from them, he takes refuge in the house of a young woman. She persuades him to give evidence against his accomplices in court, but neither of them is aware that to both criminals and authority treachery is as great a crime as smuggling.

Complete Short Stories

Author : Graham Greene
ISBN : 0143039105
Genre : Fiction
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A definitive compilation of short fiction by the critically acclaimed author of The Quiet American and The Third Man features forty-nine stories that capture all facets of the human experience and includes works originally published in two volumes--Collected Short Stories and The Last Word and Other Stories. Original.

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