London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1958 First edition, first printing. Publisher's royal blue cloth, lettered in gilt; in the original purple pictorial dust jacket designed by Donald Green, lettered in white and yellow. Near fine, with some very faint toning to the top edges of the pages, a few faint spots to the last leaves of text, minor spotting to the top edge, former owner's inscription to the half-title, otherwise clean pages, minor rubbing to the extremities, otherwise fresh binding; unclipped dust jacket, with minor nicks to the spine tail with a discreet tape reinforcement to the verso, some light soiling to the rear panel, only a hint of faint sunning to the spine, else bright and clean. Overall, a very fresh and attractive copy. Like many of Greene's novels, Our Man in Havana is a story about a British citizen living abroad and observing the effects of international involvement on civil strife. The text is set in Cuba during the last days of the Fulgencio Batista, prior to the Cuban Revolution that installed Fidel Castro as the national leader. James Wormold, a vacuum-cleaner salesman, begins working for the British Secret Service and creates fictitious reports based on nonexistent informants. Unlike Alden Pyle in Greene's preceding novel The Quiet American, Wormold is not a dangerous innocent, but rather a harmless civilian who has no idea that his actions would have the detrimental effects they ultimately produce. Greene's Our Man in Havana is not so much a criticism of the Batista regime but rather a dark comedy that satirizes the work of the British intelligence services, emphasized by the author's classification of the novel as "an entertainment." However, this clarification did not spare Greene the anger of the Cuban people and their government, who claimed that the minimization of the Batista regime's cruelty trivialized their own suffering.. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: GG034)
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