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Fighting Evil: Unsung Heroes in the Novels of Graham Greene / Edition 1

Fighting Evil: Unsung Heroes in the Novels of Graham Greene / Edition 1

by Haim Gordon


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What can we learn from the novels of Graham Greene? This book argues that Greene's writings have much to teach us about fighting evil here and now, and about endeavoring to live a worthy life. In novels that span half of the twentieth century, Greene related stories of evil persons who destroyed the freedom of others and of a few simple people who fought them. Through these stories he showed us three basic truths: first, evil exists; second, it is possible to fight it; and third, one may attain wisdom and sometimes a very limited glory by undertaking such a struggle. Gordon's study sets forth its own important lesson: thinking and assuming responsibility for the world, guided by the reading of great literature, are keystones of any worthy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313295744
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Series: Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series , #73
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

HAIM GORDON is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published widely in philosophy and education and is the author of Naguib Mahfouz's Egypt: Existential Themes in His Writings (Greenwood, 1990) and Make Room for Dreams: Spiritual Challenges to Zionism (Greenwood, 1989), author of Sartre and Evil: Guidelines for a Struggle (Greenwood, 1995), and coeditor of Women's and Men's Liberation: Testimonies of Spirit (Greenwood, 1991). He has been active in the struggle for human rights in Israel.

Table of Contents



Manipulative Evil

Greed and Lust for Power

Political Evil


Unsung Heroes Who Fight Evil

Seeing Evil

Simple Courage and Trust in the World

Sensitivity to Horror

Failure and Integrity

The Wisdom of Unsung Heroes

Comedians and Tragedy

Existential Wisdom: Joy, Courage, Questioning

Political Wisdom: Power and Glory

Conclusion: Learning to Fight Evil

Selected Bibliography

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