The Special Relationship and the British Hypothesis: <i>The Black Laurel, The Third Man</i>, Cold War Vienna and Berlin

Adam Piette

in The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635276
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651771 | DOI:
The Special Relationship and the British Hypothesis: The Black Laurel, The Third Man, Cold War Vienna and Berlin

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This chapter looks at two novels set in Vienna and Berlin during the Cold War. It studies Storm Jameson's The Black Laurel, which presents a Gothic symbolic and historical spatialization of Berlin. The novel is considered a fiction about the special relationship regarded as European Gothic. The discussion then shifts to Graham Greene's The Third Man, which resulted from his contacts in the subtle world of intelligence.

Keywords: Cold War; Vienna; Berlin; Gothic; spatialization; special relationship; world of intelligence; The Black Laurel; The Third Man

Chapter.  14206 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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