A Burnt-out Case

A Burnt-out Case

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Querry, a world-famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has gone through a stage of mutilation. However, as Querry loses himself in work for the lepers his disease of mind slowly approaches a cure. Then the white community finds out who Querry is...

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Publisher: London : Penguin Books, in association with William Heinemann, c1975
ISBN: 9780140185393
Branch Call Number: FIC Green 3206 01
Characteristics: 198 p. --


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Aug 18, 2014

Those familiar with Greene's vast oeuvre will find many familiar themes here, including spiritual malaise, Englishmen adrift in another country, drinking, lost and recovered faith, and a rather narrow view of women. A famous architect gives it all up and moves to an obscure part of Africa to work in a leper colony, only to find he can't escape his fame. It has some similarities to "Heart of the Matter," arguably Greene's masterpiece.

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