A Burnt-out Case

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Vintage, Jul 10, 2004 - Congo (Democratic Republic) - 208 pages
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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 mutilated by disease and amputation. Querry slowly moves towards a cure, his mind getting clearer as he works for the colony. However, in the heat of the tropics, no relationship with a married woman, will ever be taken as innocent...

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Well, goshdarnit. I'd just written up an erudite, detailed review of A BURNT-OUT CASE, and the computer ate it. So, what the hell, this books's been around for over fifty years, and in that time it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

This book was a little too dark and haunting for me, but very well written. The main character, Querry, is a world famous architect and womanizer who attempts to "disappear" from the world by ... Read full review

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Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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