Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: London, The Bodley Head, 1961
First edition, inscribed, “For Ragnar & Greta with love from Graham.” Ragnar Svanström (1904-1988), Swedish historian and literary director, was the long-time contact of Greene at Norstedts Publishing House in Stockholm. He edited the ‘Introduction to Three Novels’, published by Norstedts in 1962. The friendship that developed between Greene and Svanström, and his wife Greta spanned many decades. Their correspondence is kept at the Royal Library in Stockholm.
8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper. Spine of wrapper slightly sunned otherwise a very good copy.
The earlier of the two journals, Convoy to West Africa, first published in The Mint (1946), is the journal Greene kept on his way to an intelligence post at Freetown in 1941, from which ‘The Heart of the Matter’ would emerge some years later. The Congo Journal documents Greene’s research for ‘A Burnt-Out Case.’