The Ministry of Fear


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Titel en schrijver
The Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene
ISBN nr.
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Penguin Books Ltd., 1979, Tweede Druk
Paperback of hardcover
Aantal pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels, Roman
Korte samenvatting
In The Ministry of Fear the main character, a man named Arthur Rowe, is having a difficult time even discounting the war going on all around him.

He has spent time in a psychiatric prison for the mercy killing of his sick wife and after his release tries to go back to his regular life. He attends a charity fête were he manages to win a cake. An unremarkable win that leads to many remarkable things.

From that moment, he is ruthlessly hunted by Nazi agents and finds himself the prey of malign and shadowy forces.

Like anyone who has read any of Greene’s other work will be able to tell you, this is him at his best. He navigates the reader through a convoluted plot full of untrustworthy characters and leaves us with just as many questions as the main character.

Over de auteur
Henry Graham Greene, born October 2 1904, was an English novelist regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene acquired a reputation early in his lifetime as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers. He was shortlisted, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Through 67 years of writings, which included over 25 novels, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world, often through a Catholic perspective.

He published his first novel, The Man Within, in 1929. This book garnered a good enough reception that it inspired him to quit his day job and become a full time novelist. For his entire writing career he remained a novelist first and foremost but occasionally suplemented his income by doing some freelance journalism, writing reviews of books and films and co-editing a magazine.

In 1986 Greene was awarded Britain’s Order of Merit.

Greene passed away in 1991 at age 86.

‘[A] straight mystery novel which in Greene’s hands is always something more.’ – Kirkus Review

‘As a feat of storytelling The Ministry of Fear is both instructive and impressive. This is a minor work, then, but a novel with its own strengths and satisfactions; and it is an interesting precursor of much of what was to follow.’ –