Mark Williams


In 1936, after travelling through Liberia, Graham Greene confronted a perennial problem for travel writers: how to write and interesting account of an unbearably tedious journey. In Journey without Maps Greene solved the problem, as Paul Fussell remarks in his Abroad, by 'conceivfing] the journey as a metaphor for something else'.^ Greene turns the African coast into an immense moralized landscape. In other words, he makes the topography of Liberia stand for a map of the human mind, much as Auden did with the map of England in the thirties.



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