Our Man in Havana - An Entertainment - Graham Greene 1958 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Edition An exceptional example of the first edition of this ‘espionage thriller, a penetrating character study, and a political satire that still resonates today. Conceived as one of Graham Greene’s entertainments, it tells of MI6’s man in Havana, Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity.

To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Lamb’s
Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true.’ - Penguin Classics Review.

- "I don't want any job. Why do you pick on me?
- "Patriotic Englishmen. Been here for years. Respected member of the European Trader's Association. We must have our man in Havana, you know. Submarines need fuel. Dictators drift together. Big ones draw in the little ones.
- "Atomic Submarines don't need fuel."
- "Quite right, old man, quite right..."
  Basis for the 1959 film directed by Carol Reed and starring Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, and Maureen O’Hara.

Reference: R A Wobbe,
Graham Greene-A Bibliography & Guide to Research, A38a.

Octavo (book size 20.2x13.3cm), pp. [6] 273 [1]. Publisher’s blue cloth, gilt letting to spine, publisher’s emblem in blind to rear board. Dust jacket designed by Donald Green and priced ‘15s NET’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket with just a hint of toning to the upper edges.   Ref: 111304   Price: HK$ 3,000