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    DescriptionThe third volume of Somerset Maugham's "Collected Short Stories", introduced by the author, contains the celebrated series about Ashenden, a secret service agent in World War I. Based on Maugham's own experiences with the British Intelligence service in Switzerland, the stories are vignettes in which he dramatises both the romance and absurdity of espionage as well as its ruthlessness and brutality. Accountable only to 'R', Ashenden travels all over the Continent on assignments which entangle him with such characters as the traitor Grantley Caypor, the passionate Guilia Lazzari, and the sinister 'hairless Mexican'.


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    Title
    Collected Short Stories: v. 3
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) W. Somerset Maugham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 219 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099428855
    ISBN 10: 0099428857
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    DC21: 823.912
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    23 April 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He spent some time at St. Thomas's Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to letters. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915 and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. His fame as a short story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, subtitled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965.
    Review quote
    "A brilliant entertainer" New York Times "A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents" Spectator "As clever a craftsman as the cleverest" Observer