The moral dilemma of the spy universe is exhaustively explored. Ashenden, or the British Agent by W Somerset Maugham (1928) This collection of stories drew closely on Maugham’s own experiences as an intelligence officer in Europe during the First World War. Many have the sudden twist (or 'punch' to use his own words) that he was fond of using. $6.98. The Physical Object Pagination xiii, 304 p. Number of pages 304 ID Numbers Open Library OL23266245M Internet Archive ashendenorbritis00maug . This series predates those by forty years and, in my opinion, is actually better. He spends eleven days on the train from Vladivostok to Petrograd sharing a cabin with Harrington, an American business man who is a constant conversationalist. This fascinating book contains the most expert stories of espionage ever written. This paper aims at comparing two British spy novels, Graham Greene's The Quiet American (1955) and a proportion of Somerset Maugham's Ashenden: or The British Agent (1928). These seemingly simple stories are actually a lot more complex, and the writing a good deal more 'modern', than they appear to be at first sight, they remind us of just how great a popular writer Maugham was in his prime. I don’t say “novel” since it is really a series of somewhat loosely related stories about a British agent in Switzerland during World War I. Maugham was himself a British agent and he uses his experiences to good effect here. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. It will cover some comments of contemporary reviews and the description of two editions. However, it is not a typical spy novel in that it is essentially a collection of short stories (each a particular experience of Ashenden) so there is no build up of suspense or plot that ties together the entire book. All a bit different to the world of James Bond ! Ashenden, as well as an agent of the British Government, was a humorist, and he stifled the beginnings of a sigh. The protagonist breaks with the tradition of the gentleman crime sleuth in order to cope with modern crimes no less than ungentlemanly criminals. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity. During World War I, Maugham enlisted with an ambulance unit, but was soon shifted to the Intelligence Department. It is partly based on the author's experience as a member of British Intelligence in Europe during the First World War. Ashenden by W Somerset Maugham, 9780405078057, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Ashenden : the British agent by Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965. Ashenden Or: The British Agent-W. Somerset Maugham 2009-10-01 Fact is a poor story-teller as Maugham reminds us. Many of these characters (the 'Hairless Mexican', 'R' the socially insecure spy chief, the suddenly garrulous diplomat, the traitorous journalist Caypor and his wife, the American 'can-do' businessman) will stick in your mind long after you finish the stories. Ashenden or The British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham Impress Best Mysteries . This fascinating book contains the most expert stories of espionage ever written. Ashenden, or, The British Agent Mass Market Paperbound W. Somerset Maugham. Ashenden or, The British agent. One corner a little bumped, very slight rubbing at the extremities, very near fine in just about fine dustwrapper with some tiny nicks, mostly at the crown. Hardcover. Although categorized as a novel, it is really a group of mostly unrelated short stories featuring Ashenden, a writer recruited during World War I by a British Intelligence Officer known only as R. A reluctant agent, doing what he must but finding no joy in it, Ashenden meets with both success and failure, and sometimes with no clear result. [3][4][page needed], There have been many full cast adaptations of the stories for BBC Radio.[5]. Within Maugham's large output, the stories published in Ashenden: The British Agent - are of particular interest. --This text refers to an alternate. Synopsis. This is a cracking example of how to write engagingly by a master of the genre. Some of these stories are extremely funny, others heart-breaking. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2019. $7.66. Published in the mid-1920s and probably the first of the modern type of espionage agent novels, Maugham's 'Ashenden' stories, based on his own experiences of acting as an agent during WW1 and the Russian Revolution, reject the then prevailing heroics of the Bulldog Drummond or John Buchan styles and, instead, anticipate the downbeat and detached minor key realism, pessimism and disillusionment … After a number of similar operations, Ashenden is sent to Imperial Russia during the 1917 revolution, as an "agent of influence", to do what he can to keep Russia in the war against Germany. The protagonist, intelligence agent Ashenden, is cast against type as a placid, nonviolent, but very astute and prudent fellow. Ashenden: Or, The British agent by Maugham, W. Somerset and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. ASHENDEN OR THE BRITISH AGENT (DJ protected by clear, acid-free mylar cover) by Maugham, W. Somerset Seller Sage Rare & Collectible Books Published c. 1960 Condition Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket Item Price $ 84.00. item 5 Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (English) Paperback Book Free Shipping! Ashenden or The British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham Impress Best Mysteries . When he sends Grantly Caypor to certain death as a traitor, the first he knows of his execution is when his dog (who he has left in Switzerland) begins to howl. He assumed a slightly imposing air and adopted a more serious tone. In another, Ashenden must induce an Italian dancer to betray her lover, an anti-British Indian and a German agent, by convincing him to cross the border from neutral Switzerland to see her in allied France, where the Allies can arrest him. Ashenden: The British Agent By W Somerset Maugham Avon Mystery 1951. "True fiction: The best spies are really quite boring", "Alfred Hitchcock Collectors' Guide: Secret Agent (1936)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ashenden:_Or_the_British_Agent&oldid=970756008, Short story collections by W. Somerset Maugham, Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from September 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "A Domiciliary Visit" & "Miss King" as Miss King, "The Hairless Mexican", "The Dark Woman", "The Greek" as The Hairless Mexican, "A Trip to Paris, "Giulia Lazzari" as Giulia Lazzari, "Behind the Scenes", "His Excellency", as His Excellency, "A Chance Acquaintance", "Love and Russian Literature", "Mr. Harrington's Washing" as Mr. Harrington's Washing, A number of the stories formed the basis of the 1991 four-part, This page was last edited on 2 August 2020, at 05:34. Kindle device required endless line, night and day, without knowing... Free Shipping on all over... Agent-W. 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