The Tenth Man

Author(s): Graham Greene


During World War II a group of men is held prisoner by the Germans, who determine that three of them must die. This is the story of how one of those men trades his wealth for his life--and lives to pay for his act in utterly unexpected ways.


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Graham Greene's 'lost' novel, reissued with a beautiful new jacket

Called 'a masterpiece' by the Sunday Times, Greene's The Tenth Man was written in 1944, when he was under a two-year contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the manuscript lay forgotten in MGM's archives until 1983. The novel was published two years later and recounts the exploits of a rich lawyer desperately bartering for his life in a prison in occupied France.

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Greene was a past master of the psychological thriller and this was no exception Observer Typically full of psychological obsession and tricks of perspective, this short story plays games with the concepts of identity and freedom. Threaded through with paranoiac attempts to be sure of time, life, and death, the story ends with impenetrable paradox; with a tragedy and a travesty, a revenge and a redressal, truth and the ultimate lie The Times All of the Greene hallmarks are there: pace, ingenuity, a sense of profundities suggested but never insisted upon Sunday Telegraph

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780099284147
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : June 2000
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 11mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Graham Greene
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 823/.912
  • : 160