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GG was famously a Soviet fellow traveler.

Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar ( DSA, MA, USA ) on February 01, 19100 at 11:02:06:

In Reply to: About Graham Greene posted by Lark on January 31, 19100 at 16:59:04:

: :I'll probably read it when I get the chance. I just finished another excellent book, "The Comedians" by Graham Greene, about the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti- definitely an anticapitalist book.

: Are Graham Greene's books really that anti-capitalist? I've seen a couple in the book shop at uni but they appear to be novels that dont have anything to do with politics really.

He slips a few jabs in to this one, though i'll agree they are fairly subtle. E.g. "The Church opposes violence, but it opposes indifference more strongly....violence in the service of humanity is merely a twisted form of charity, while indifference is pure egoism...." something like that. One of the major and most admirable characters is a Communist, who's killed at the end by the secret police. America foreign policy is frequently derided. Things like that.

GG was famously a Soviet fellow traveler. He actually went further than I would, defending a schoolmate of his (Kim Philby) who turned double agent and defected to the Soviet Union. Philby actually sent rebels into Albania after tipping off Hoxha, knowing that they would be killed. I can't really forgive that, but apparently Greene could. He's been called 'the courtesan of Castro' before, and late in his life expressed the desire to see Moscow and the Vatican, apparently his two favorite ideological centers, united in cooperation. I'll try to dig up some good quotes for you.

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