A Burnt-Out Case

Graham Greene - Author

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ISBN 9780140185393 | 208 pages | 07 Apr 1992 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Querry, a world-famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has gone through a stage of mutilation. However, as Querry loses himself in work for the lepers his disease of mind slowly approaches a cure. Then the white community finds out who Querry is...

‘Mr Greene’s extraordinary power of plot-making, of suspense and of narration . . . moves continuously both in time and space and in emotion’ – Angus Wilson in The Times

‘His style is spare, that’s what is so beautiful. His novels are genuine romans philosophiques – novels illustrating ideas’ – Piers Paul Read