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The Tenth Man

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In a prison in Occupied France one in every ten men is to be shot. The prisoners draw lots among themselves - and for rich lawyer Louis Chavel it seems that his whole life has been leading up to an agonising and crucial failure of nerve. Hysterical with panic, fear, and a sense of injustice, he offers to barter everything he owns for someone to take his place.

Graham Greene wrote The Tenth Man 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. It was published two years later with an introduction by the author.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 9mm | 117g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099284146
  • 9780099284147
  • 22,682

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"Greene was a past master of the psychological thriller and this was no exception"
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"Greene was a past master of the psychological thriller and this was no exception" * Observer * "A masterpiece - tapped out in the lean, sharp prose that film work taught Greene to perfect" * Sunday Times * "All of the Greene hallmarks are there: pace, ingenuity, a sense of profundities suggested but never insisted upon" -- Penelope Lively * Sunday Telegraph * "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 *
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About Graham Greene

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.
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3,275 ratings
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