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The Third Man and the Fallen Idol by  Graham Greene - Hardcover - First English edition - 1950 - from James Cummins Bookseller and

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

by Greene, Graham

Condition: Black cloth. Fine in very good pictorial dustjacket with repairs

London: Heinemann, 1950. First English edition. 188 pp. 8vo. Black cloth. Fine in very good pictorial dustjacket with repairs. First English edition. 188 pp. 8vo. First English edition of The Third Man, with a pictorial dust jacket showing the principles-Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, and Joseph Cotton-from the 1949 Carol Reed film, one of the great noir pictures of all time. The novella was a preparation of the screenplay, which Greene also wrote.

The Third Man  is Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a city of desolate poverty occupied by four powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless in Vienna to visit his old friend and hero Harry Lime. Harry is dead, but the circumstances surrounding his death are highly suspicious, and his reputation, at the very least, dubious. Graham Greene said of The Third Man that he "wanted to entertain [people], to frighten them a little, to make them laugh" and the result is both a compelling narrative and a haunting thriller.  The Fallen Idol  is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler, Baines, and his wife, Philip realizes too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.


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