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作者 Hull, Christopher, 1965- author
書名 Our man down in Havana : the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel / Christopher Hull
出版項 New York : Pegasus Books, 2019
國際標準書號 9781643130187 (hardback)
1643130188 (hardback)
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館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人社中心  E183.8.C9 H85 2019    在架上    30560400654635
版本 First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
說明 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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附註 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
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-328) and index
Introduction -- A writing life -- Part 1. Before the Cuban Revolution. Brother, sister, brother, spy -- Cold War settings -- Havana Vice -- Down in Havana -- Our arms in Havana -- Part 2. After the Cuban Revolution. Shooting "Our man in Havana" -- Reality imitates fiction -- "Return to Cuba" -- "Shadow and sunlight in Cuba": finally meeting Fidel -- From Havana with love -- Conclusion
主題 Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. Our man in Havana
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 -- Travel -- Cuba
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. fast (OCoLC)fst00031859
Cold War (1945-1989) fast (OCoLC)fst01754978
Espionage -- Cuba -- History -- 20th century
Cold War
Cuba -- Politics and government -- 1933-1959
Cuba -- Politics and government -- 1959-1990
Cuba -- Foreign relations -- 20th century
Spy stories, American -- History and criticism
Espionage in literature
Cuba -- In literature
Diplomatic relations. fast (OCoLC)fst01907412
Espionage. fast (OCoLC)fst00915379
Espionage in literature. fast (OCoLC)fst00915386
Literature. fast (OCoLC)fst00999953
Politics and government. fast (OCoLC)fst01919741
Spy stories, American. fast (OCoLC)fst01131041
Travel. fast (OCoLC)fst01155558
Cuba. fast (OCoLC)fst01205805
1900-1999 fast
Literary criticism. lcgft
Criticism, interpretation, etc. fast (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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