Lawless Roads
Graham Greene

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Narrated By: Barnaby Edwards

Duration: 9 hours and 35 minutes

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In 1938 Graham Greene was commissioned to visit Mexico to discover the state of the country and its people in the aftermath of the brutal anti-clerical purges of President Calles. His journey took him through the tropical states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where all the churches had been destroyed or closed and the priests driven out or shot. The experiences were the inspiration for his acclaimed novel, The Power and the Glory.

┬ęGraham Greene 1978 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Autobiography: literary, Classic travel writing

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Greene's work is a crucial link between the two most dynamic cultures of the present day, the Hispanic and the Anglo-American


Greene's originality lay in his gifts as a traveller. He had the foreign ear and eye for the strangeness of ordinary life and its ordinary crises


Journey Without Maps and The Lawless Roads reveal Greene's ravening spiritual hunger, a desperate need to touch rock bottom within the self and in the humanly created world

Times Higher Education Supplement

Infuses the geography of distant places with an intense understanding of individual human destiny at play under startling and oppressive social conditions


The Lawless Roads, a masterpiece, embraces the spiritual and political conflict of the twentieth century, the cruelty of social engineers, the corruption of politicians and the wan humanity of martyrs made heroic by grace