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The Resource Our man down in Havana : the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel, Christopher Hull

Our man down in Havana : the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel, Christopher Hull

Label
Our man down in Havana : the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel
Title
Our man down in Havana
Title remainder
the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Hull
Title variation
Our man down in Havana
Title variation remainder
the story behind Graham Greenes cold war spy novel
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10762911
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hull, Christopher
Dewey number
823.912
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
  • E183.8.C9
  • PR6013.R44
  • PR6013.R44
LC item number
  • H85 2019
  • O934 2019
  • Z63349 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Greene, Graham
  • Greene, Graham
  • Espionage
  • Cold War
  • Cuba
  • Cuba
  • Cuba
  • Spy stories, American
  • Espionage in literature
  • Cuba
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the story behind Graham Greene's cold war spy novel
Label
Our man down in Havana : the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel, Christopher Hull
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • unmediated
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • n
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdamedia
  • rdacontent
Contents
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781643130187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • on1084402249
  • (OCoLC)1084402249
Label
Our man down in Havana : the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel, Christopher Hull
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • unmediated
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • n
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdamedia
  • rdacontent
Contents
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781643130187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • on1084402249
  • (OCoLC)1084402249

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