Zenda Recommends: Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock – Zenda

Wednesday at Zenda. Foreign Narrative Wednesday. Wednesday, in this case, Brighton Rockprobably the first great work of the English writer Graham Greene (1904-1991), published in 1938, on the eve of the Second World War and when the author was barely over thirty. Reissued now by the label Asteroid Books with translation of Early Miguel Garcia, Brighton Rock It helps us to understand some of the floating lines of Greene’s work, especially concerned with studying sociopolitical conflicts from a prism of relative intimacy and with a cinematographic imprint that led it to be adapted on numerous occasions to the big screen.

Publishers describe the book thus: “The city of Brighton in 1930s England was a lively summer resort, but also a hotbed of criminal activity. The young Pinkie Brown, with only seventeen years, leads a gang of thugs. After becoming involved in the murder of Fred Hale, a journalist linked to a rival gang, Pinkie fears his alibi will be blown and will do whatever it takes to stop it. She does not imagine that the stubborn Ida Arnold, a friend of the victim, will start an investigation on her behalf to clarify the facts.

Set in a city with two faces, that of the underworld and that of carefree vacationers, and populated by unforgettable characters, Brighton Rock is a fast-paced thriller, a modern classic with cinematographic imprints in which the themes that will be essential in the author’s work are already announced: the exploration of the intimate struggle between good and evil, the possibility of redemption and condemnation. Published in 1938, this is the first of Graham Greene’s great novels and a key work of 20th-century English literature.”


Author: Graham Greene. Translator: Early Miguel Garcia. Title: Brighton Rock. Editorial: Asteroid Books. Sale: all your books, amazon, fnac Y House of the book.

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Zenda Recommends: Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock – Zenda