Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent (4103 words)


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Like his earlier thriller, The Stamboul Train (1932, published in the U. S. as The Orient Express), Graham Greene’s The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment (1939, 1971) uses rapidly told episodes filled with sharp attention to visual detail, physical activity, a measure of melodrama and of romance, and emphases on politics, crime, murder, betrayal, as well as hunter/hunted motifs. The plot is an implausible sequence of coincidences, and the detached and lonely characters are motivated primarily by violence and revenge for that violence. The Agent’s protagonist may redress some injustices and win his love interest, but no one has a future to expect.

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Citation: Beene, LynnDianne. "The Confidential Agent". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 September 2022 [, accessed 30 September 2022.]

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