The Lawless Roads

by Graham Greene
Introduction by David Rieff

Penguin Classics | June 27, 2006 | Trade Paperback

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In the late 1930s, Graham Greene was commissioned to visit Mexico to report on how the inhabitants had reacted to the brutal anticlerical purges of President Calles. The Lawless Roads is his spellbinding record of that journey. Taking him through the tropical states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where all the churches had been destroyed or closed and the priests driven out or shot, that provided him with the setting and theme for one of his greatest novels, The Power and the Glory. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by David Rieff.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.86 × 5.24 × 0.55 in

Published: June 27, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143039733

ISBN - 13: 9780143039730

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The Lawless Roads

by Graham Greene
Introduction by David Rieff

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.86 × 5.24 × 0.55 in

Published: June 27, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143039733

ISBN - 13: 9780143039730

About the Book

Now with a new introduction by David Rieff, "The Lawless Roads" is the result of Graham Greene's expedition to Mexico in the late 1930s to report on how the inhabitants had reacted to the brutal anticlerical purges of President Calles. His journey took him through the tropical states of Chiapas and Tabasco, places where all the churches had been destroyed or closed and the priests driven out or shot. The experience provided Greene with the setting and theme for one of his greatest novels, "The Power and the Glory,"

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In the late 1930s, Graham Greene was commissioned to visit Mexico to report on how the inhabitants had reacted to the brutal anticlerical purges of President Calles. The Lawless Roads is his spellbinding record of that journey. Taking him through the tropical states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where all the churches had been destroyed or closed and the priests driven out or shot, that provided him with the setting and theme for one of his greatest novels, The Power and the Glory. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by David Rieff.

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the  London   Times .  He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book,  Orient Express ,  in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in  A Journey Without Maps  (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in  The Lawless Roads ,  which served as a background for his famous  The Power and the Glory , one of several “Catholic” novels ( Brighton   Rock ,  The Heart of the Matter ,  The End of the Affair ).  During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as  The Quiet American ,  Our Man in Havana ,  The Comedians ,  Travels with My Aunt ,  The Honorary Consul ,  The Human Factor ,  Monsignor Quixote ,  and  The Captain and the Enemy .  As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography,  A Sort of Life  and  Ways
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