The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene. Asteroid Books

In this cursed summer I again enjoy reading The End of the Affair. Possibly the best Graham Greene novel. Written back in 1946 in a London disfigured by bombs, which has lost its majesty as an admirable metropolis. Thank you for your challenging and committed social dialogue. This complex story, trembling of its journey in the daily passing along the path of desire, in which it shows what can be considered proper to human existence. It carries and brings the reason for being, the mirror of the passions of the human condition as a challenge full of questions.

Novel of rhythmic narrative mastery. Loaded with daring questions about the imperative passion of love wrapped in the fiber and the most demanding doubts. Situations and pulse of love experiences in front of the unknown of a vigilant God. And before his belief the permissiveness of a coexistence that rocks his joy by the arm or fidelity to what religion and the sin of adultery dictates.

The protagonists of the adventure are the couple formed by Maurice Brendrix, a mediocre writer of novels and Sarah Miller, a charming woman who refuses to accept the routine boredom of the anodyne and cold relationships of marriage, which are endured under the tremors of the bombings of Hitler’s planes and that reality and desire of the delirious time bodies: “To be and not to be.”

This new edition of the novel is due to Libros del Asteroide, and has a splendid epilogue by the writer Mario Vargas Llosa. And I repeat writer, because he found himself in the antipodes of that other Mario Vargas Llosa with the mental illness of a liberalism of Aznarist influences whose aversion he does not hide. I love the brilliance of your work. Vomiting of his anachronistic liberalism in a Spain where Franco’s nostalgia disguised as right-wing democracy is worrying.

Pain and literary splendor with an accurate translation by Eduardo Jordá with an epilogue, I will tell you, of justice and depth by Vargas Llosa with the title of “Miracles in the 20th century”, which the Nobel Prize considers a masterpiece, in which certain influence of compatriot Graham Greene, Chesterton and French writers Mauriac, Claudel, Bernanos. Without forgetting the literary and religious struggle of our Miguel de Unamuno. It is shown in this classic situation, commitment of the soul for believers of the Catholic religion in the face of the dilemma of adultery. A complex subject full of experiences that in these times occur in the most varied situations For the lay observer who stands at the measured distance between the profane and the divine, he reviews with his memory the chilling events of a false and hypocritical religiosity , which leads me to remember those challenging verses of the poet César Vallejo: “I was born one day when God was ill. /

Everyone knows that I live, that I am bad; / and they don’t know about December of that January. Well, I was born one day when God was sick /. There is an emptiness in my metaphysical air that no one has to feel: / the cloister of a silence that spoke on fire “.

I do not know if this masterful and perennial writer who is Graham Greene, knew these exemplary and tragic verses of the poet in the language of Cervantes. And it is that they show to the light the presence and identity of the author that is transmitted in the passage of the novel. That moving self-questioning of the two protagonists of such a continuous uneasiness between truth and fiction. Between the everyday of living and the sublime and spiritual. The importance of his content shows us the glory and literary power of the writer. Tragedy posed without any embellishments of compromise Catholicism. “To be or not to be” of reality and desire. Virulent confrontation charged with unease and sacrifice of faith and passion to the point of annihilation.

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