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  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448128891
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

The Captain and the Enemy

Greene's last novel - genre-defying, rich and marvellous

A young boy, Victor, is collected from school by a stranger in a bowler hat - the stranger says he has won Victor in a game of backgammon with Victor's father. The stranger, known as the Captain, takes Victor to live with the sweet but withdrawn Lisa, where he serves as her conduit to the outside world. From mysterious beginnings, Graham Greene's final novel becomes a twisting thriller of smuggling, jewel theft and international espionage which culminates in a dramatic showdown in Panama.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448128891
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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Praise for The Captain and the Enemy

“One of the two or three novelists who really count”

V.S. Pritchett

“A slim and curious tale”

The Times

“At once Dickensian and new, an exploration of the soul of a young boy and a portrait of sad loving by memorable adults”

Chicago Tribune

“In this short, skillful book we enter those disparate worlds Greene has made his own - the England of Brighton Rock and the exotic Central American territories in which his restless talent has so often roamed”

New York Times

“A rattling good yarn. Under the spur of Greene's sharp, light touch, its narrative gallops along. Opening with a chase across a playground, rapidly followed by an abduction, it nimbly twists and turns through a maze of imposture, jewel robbery and fleeings from the law before leaping overseas for a final burst of international espionage, weapon-smuggling, freedom fighting and political murder”

Sunday Times

“Purely enjoyable...a small miracle of construction”


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