Discover Graham Green’s prescient political masterpiece
‘The novel that I love the most is The Quiet American’ Ian McEwan
Into the intrigue and violence of 1950s Indo-China comes CIA agent Alden Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch.
But even as he intervenes he wonders why: for the greater good, or something altogether more complicated?
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZADIE SMITH
**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
Wow. My first Greene novel. Such a find. Reading it in Saigon, an amazing experience. A dark, complex, beautifully spare book. Perfect example of 'write what you know.' Highly recommended.