THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Izdatel’stvo Inostrannoi Literatury. Moskva, 1961.
8vo (200 × 128 mm), pp. 301, ; publisher’s quarter cloth, spine lettered gilt, illustrated boards by V. Alekseev, wear to edges.
First edition in Russian of The Heart of the Matter
(1948), with an afterword by the literary historian Aleksandr Anikst (1910–1988, the celebrated Shakespeare scholar).
‘A major new arrival in the post-Stalin period was Graham Greene … Greene’s attraction was so strong because he combined lively storytelling with contemporary settings and a strongly political flavour, usually very critical of Western institutions and policies’ (Maurice Friedberg, A Decade of Euphoria: Western Literature in Post-Stalin Russia, 1954–64, p. 183).
OCLC locates copies at Georgetown and Oregon only.