Graham Greene is a wonderful writer with a somewhat pessimistic view of human nature and history.
FYI has never been a “Communist country” though after the Mexican Revolution (1914-1920),the new government certainly had many policies and practices that you might call “socialist”, something necessary in a country with so much poverty and great differences between the haves and have-nots. One of these policies was an anti-clericalism that targeted the Catholic Church, partly because the Church hierarchy had supported the government of Porfirio Diaz, the dictatorship whose abuses precipitated the outbreak of the 1914 Revolution. The Power and the Glory is a powerful novel that tells the story from the point-of-view of one local parish priest.
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