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Monsignor Quixote : Vintage Classics Ser. - Graham Greene

Monsignor Quixote

Vintage Classics Ser.

Paperback Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780099283942
Number Of Pages: 256

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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. The title character of Monsignor Quixote is a village priest, elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error, who travels to Madrid accompanied by his best friend, Sancho, the Communist ex-mayor of the village, in Greene's lighthearted variation on Cervantes.

About the Author

Graham Greene was born in 1904. On coming down from Balliol College, Oxford, he worked for four years as sub-editor on The Times. He established his reputation with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train. In 1935 he made a journey across Liberia, described in Journey Without Maps, and on his return was appointed film critic of the Spectator. In 1926 he had been received into the Roman Catholic Church and visited Mexico in 1938 to report on the religious persecution there.

As a result he wrote The Lawless Roads and, later, his famous novel The Power and the Glory. Brighton Rock was published in 1938 and in 1940 he became literary editor of the Spectator. The next year he undertook work for the Foreign Office and was stationed in Sierra Leone from 1941 to 1943. This later produced the novel The Heart of the Matter, set in West Africa. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography - A Sort of Life, Ways of Escape and A World of My Own (published posthumously) - two of biography and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews, some of which appear in the collections Reflections and Mornings in the Dark. Many of his novels and short stories have been filmed and The Third Man was written as a film treatment. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

Industry Reviews

"A deliciously funny novel and affectionate offering to all that is noblest and least-changing in the people and life of Spain" * The Times * "A powerful late work...a mixture of entertainment and deep human awareness" -- Malcolm Bradbury "Monsignor Quixote is important in showing what may be the last stage of the novelist's long argument with himself about the needs, nature and effect of faith" * Times Literary Supplement * "Graham Greene's best, most absorbing, adept and effortless novel" * Spectator * "One of the finest writers of any language... Monsignor Quixote is a tour de force and a revealing document of Greene's theological and political intelligence" * Washington Post *

ISBN: 9780099283942
ISBN-10: 0099283948
Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

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