The Political Perspectives Of Graham Greene's The Comedians
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Graham Greene’s novelistic growth turned to the political direction in the later span of his life and he seems to have been a marvellous exponent of the political fiction. His political imagination has diverse aspects of the politics―domestic politics, sexual politics, national politics and foreign politics―that have been veined in his novelistic upliftment. It is the result of his political views that The Comedians has a unique framework which is strengthened and solidified with the political fundaments of the comedians.
In most of his novels, Greene has tried to portrait the operative and imperious influence of the dictators domineering in the contemporary period. Referring to The Comedians, during a conversation with Marie-Françoise Allain, Greene has confessed:
“I was haunted by Haiti.... Papa Doc and his Tontons Macoute managed to turn the country into a particularly macabre place.... The Comedians... described some of the grim realities of Haiti.”1 In The Comedians, Haiti is displayed struggling under the dictatorial ruling of Papa Doc Duvalier and the secret police of the state. Greene had paid a visit to Haiti earlier in the fifties with the breath of satisfaction as he asserts:
“My first two visits to Haiti in the fifties had been happy enough.”2 It was in the sixties that he was “rewoken by an article [I] read on Papa Doc’s Haiti.”3 During his brief visit in 1963, he found ample evidence of the suppression in the country, and noticed in each and every part of