Perfectly capturing a decadent, exotic Cuba pre-Castro, Our Man in Havana is a mercilessly ironic satire of spying that finds a vacuum cleaner salesman passing on confected intelligence to the British. As sprightly as any of Greene’s ‘entertainments’ this is a delightful corrective to all po-faced spy thrillers that take themselves too seriously.
With an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.
Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports. But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 207 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
'As comical, satirical, atmospherical an "entertainment" as he has given us.' - Daily Telegraph
'He had a sharp nose for trouble and injustice. In Our Man In Havana - a witty send-up of an agent's life - it was Cuba before Castro.' - Financial Times
'Nobody should be anywhere near power who hasn't read (or seen the film of) Our Man in Havana, a powerful satire on the silly world of spying by a man who had experienced it.' - Mail on Sunday
'Graham Greene captured a pre-Castro Cuba of daiquiris and decadence... hilarious.' - Independent
'British Intelligence being sent up something rotten.' - Daily Telegraph, 20 Best Spy Novels of All Time
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