The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

Staff Pick Logo
The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Alan Furst (Introduction by)
$16.00
On our shelves now:
Lake Forest Park
1 on hand, as of Jul 21 7:30am
(FICTION--GENERAL)

Staff Reviews


Guessing the weight of a cake plunges Arthur Rowe into a deadly game of cat and mouse in this WWII-era thriller that combines the excitement of Hitchcock with the absurdity of a Kafkaesque nightmare.

— From Stephen

Description


"A master thriller and a remarkable portrait of a twisted character." --Time

For Arthur Rowe, the trip to the charity f te was a joyful step back into adolescence, a chance to forget the nightmare of the Blitz and the aching guilt of having mercifully murdered his sick wife. He was surviving alone, outside the war, until he happened to win a cake at the f te. From that moment, he is ruthlessly hunted by Nazi agents and finds himself the prey of malign and shadowy forces. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Alan Furst.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author


Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London Times. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express, in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roads, which served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several "Catholic" novels (Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixote, and The Captain and the Enemy. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection Reflections. Most of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards. Alan Furst is a bestselling author of historical spy novels, including Night Soldiers, Kingdom of Shadows, and most recently, Dark Voyage.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780143039112
ISBN-10: 0143039113
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2005
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics