A Burnt-out Case: Graham Greene: xiii (Vintage classics)

A Burnt-out Case: Graham Greene: xiii (Vintage classics)

by Graham Greene (Author), Graham Greene (Author)


WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODEN. Querry, a world famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent of a 'burnt-out case', a leper mutilated by disease and amputation. Querry slowly moves towards a cure, his mind getting clearer as he works for the colony. However, in the heat of the tropics, no relationship with a married woman, will ever be taken as innocent...


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Edition: 1
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Published: 07 Oct 2004

ISBN 10: 0099478439
ISBN 13: 9780099478430
Book Overview: A tense, powerful novel about second chances and the inescapable past.

Media Reviews
No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than did Graham Greene * The Time *
A superb storyteller * New York Times *
Graham Greene taught us to understand the social and economic cripples in our midst. He taught us to look at each other with new eyes. I don't suppose his influence will ever disappear -- Auberon Waugh * Independent *
A masterly storyteller... An enormously popular writer who was also one of the most significant novelists of his time * Newsweek *
One of our greatest authors... Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations... For experience of a whole century he was the man within -- Norman Sherry * Independent *
Author Bio
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.