Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene's Cold War Spy Novel

Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene's Cold War Spy Novel

by Christopher Hull PhD


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130187
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 150,349
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Christopher Hull, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Spanish & Latin American Studies at the University of Chester. His research focuses on British interactions with Latin America. He first visited Cuba in 1997 and has traveled extensively around the island during seventeen further visits, often in the footsteps of Graham Greene. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Man of Havana viii

Map of Santiago De Cuba

1 Introduction 1

2 A Writing Life 15

Part I Before the Cuban Revolution

3 Brother, Sister, Brother, Spy 31

4 Cold War Settings 57

5 Havana Vice 81

6 Down in Havana 102

7 Our Arms in Havana 137

Part II After the Cuban Revolution

8 Shooting Our Man in Havana 163

9 Reality Imitates Fiction 193

10 "Return to Cuba" 215

11 "Shadow and Sunlight in Cuba" Finally Meeting Fidel 239

12 From Havana with Love $


13 Conclusion 285

Acknowledgements 293

Endnotes 295

Index 329

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Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene's Cold War Spy Novel 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MaryND 4 months ago
I love books about books and I love Graham Greene, so I was excited to find Christopher Hull’s Our Man Down in Havana, the story behind the inspiration and writing of Greene’s spy satire Our Man in Havana. Hull has clearly done his research, and he is obviously well-versed in Cuban history. This, however, was the problem with the book for me: there was just so much information presented that it often got bogged down in tiny details from Greene’s childhood, his years in Britain’s intelligence service during WWII, the history of Cuba—even what Greene ate on each of his visits to the island. I understand that some of this is necessary for an understanding of how Our Man in Havana reflected Greene’s experiences and the era in which he was writing, but I just thought tighter editing would have made the story clearer and elevated this book to the status of Lesley Blume’s Everybody Behaves Badly, about the writing of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Still, the book was enjoyable for me as a fan of Greene and Our Man in Havana—which I would highly recommend reading before sitting down with this book.