"IT GETS INSIDE THE WHOLE FANTASY": FIRST EDITION OF GRAHAM GREENE'S OUR MAN IN HAVANA
GREENE, Graham. Our Man in Havana. An Entertainment. London: Heinemann, (1958). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of Greene's subtly ironic novel set in 1950s Cuba.
Originally intended as a story about spies working within the German Secret Service, the idea was shelved until Graham Greene later visited Havana. It "suddenly struck him that in that city, 'where every vice was permissible and every trade possible,' the novel would find its ideal home." Critic and fellow one-time secret agent, Malcolm Muggeridge called Our Man in Havana, "the most brilliant book on intelligence that's ever been written because it gets inside the whole fantasy… the way people get caught up" (Sherry III:106). Greene also wrote the screenplay for the 1959 film filmed in Cuba and directed by Carol Reed, their third film together. Miller 37a.
A fine copy, unusual in this condition.