Set aboard the Orient Express, Stamboul Train is a thrilling novel that deals with a wealth of socio-political issues, and as one of Graham Greene’s earlier works is demonstrative of one of the great authors of the 20th Century just beginning to hit his creative stride. Focussing on a small number of main characters, each with their own ideals and agendas, the story follows their relationships and interactions. Some of them have met before, some harbour racist tendencies that are brought to the fore with the presence of a Jew on board, while some wish they had never been caught up in the web that is woven of intrigue and espionage.
From the socialist leader returning to Belgrade to stage a planned uprising, to the common thief fleeing a terrible crime that he has committed, Greene’s characters and their tendencies speak volumes about the society in which they exist, as well as our own. It is testament to the skill of Greene’s writing that this novel continues to resonate today, and his captivating style ensures that he is remembered as one of the literary greats. This version of Stamboul Train is read by Michael Maloney, and is available to purchase as a CD audiobook.