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eBook A Coffin for Dimitrios ePub

by Eric Ambler

  • ISBN: 0345283236
  • Category: Thrillers and Suspense
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Eric Ambler
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 12, 1979)
  • ePub book: 1282 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1318 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 981

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Eric Ambler is widely regarded as an exemplary writer of spy thrillers, if not the actual inventor of the genre. A Coffin for Dimitrios, originally published in England in 1939 under the title of A Mask for Dimitrios, is considered his most classic work.

Eric Ambler is widely regarded as an exemplary writer of spy thrillers, if not the actual inventor of the genre. The quarrelsome Balkans provided ample material for mystery writers in the period between the two world wars, much as the cold war provided background for John Le Carré and turmoil in the Middle East provides a plentiful backdrop for current authors.

The Mask of Dimitrios is a 1944 American film noir directed by Jean Negulesco and written by Frank Gruber, based on the 1939 novel of the same name written by Eric Ambler.

The Mask of Dimitrios is a 1944 American film noir directed by Jean Negulesco and written by Frank Gruber, based on the 1939 novel of the same name written by Eric Ambler (in the United States, it was published as A Coffin for Dimitrios). The film features Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott (as Dimitrios Makropoulos), Faye Emerson and Peter Lorre. This was the first film for Scott after signing a contract with Warner Bros.

A Coffin for Dimitrios book. Eric Ambler is the grandfather of the serious spy novel. Ambler was the same generation as Graham Greene, and he was, like a lot of educated people at that time, a kind of proto-Marxist, a socialist.

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A coffin for Dimitrios. by. Ambler, Eric, 1909-1998.

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Eric Ambler was born in London on June 28, 1909. Ambler toured in the late 1920s as a music-hall comedian and wrote plays, following in the footsteps of his parents, who were entertainers. After studying engineering at London University from 1924 to 1927, he took an apprenticeship in engineering at the Edison Swan Electric Company. Ambler also wrote screenplays, including those for The Cruel Sea in 1953 and The Guns of Navarone in 1961.

About A Coffin for Dimitrios

About A Coffin for Dimitrios. A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel leads Charles Latimer, the author of a handful of successful mysteries, into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers.

A Coffin for Dimitrios - Eric Ambler. It is a pity I could not get all four. The book is known in the US as A coffin for Dimitrios.

Comments

MisterMax MisterMax
What a strange and improbable book. It is difficult to characterize as either a mystery or spy thriller. Or is it a profound meditation on the nature of evil in a terrible time. Mostly set in the Balkans in the inter-war period, its author tells a complex tale of murder, double crossing and sets it against a period of immense strife. Normally I do not read mystery novels but there was a mention of this work by Mark Mazower whose historical writings are some of the most brilliant that I have ever read, hence the decision to purchase THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS. Eric Ambler its author never travelled to the Balkans according to Mazower who wrote the brief introduction but the work is imbued with the seedy sense of those countries during a period of intense political upheaval. It is a novel/mystery/thriller that must be read carefully and with attention. The reader will be rewarded with a portrait of a decadent society on the verge of collapse forever caught through the words of this author.
Hystana Hystana
First published in 1939, A Coffin for Dimitrios is widely regarded as one of the best spy novels ever written. That reputation is richly deserved. But it would be a mistake to pigeonhole what may be Eric Ambler’s most accomplished work as merely an espionage novel, as it features few of the familiar devices of that genre — which may be why it’s so highly regarded. However, A Coffin for Dimitrios can be best seen as an historical novel that depicts Europe between the two World Wars, and does so masterfully.

The novel is structured as an account of a wide-ranging investigation into the life and death of a notorious international criminal named Dimitrios Makropoulos. After surviving one of the gruesome massacres of Armenians and Greeks undertaken by Kemal Ataturk, the legendary founder of modern Turkey, Makropoulos is said to have participated in assassination plots in at least two countries, engaged in espionage as a freelance agent, and murdered several men. The unlikely investigator is Charles Latimer, “a lecturer in political economy at a minor English university” who has left behind the academic life and become a successful author of formulaic detective novels.

In Istanbul on a trip to research a forthcoming novel, Latimer stumbles across the head of the Turkish secret police at a party. The two hit it off, and the policeman, apparently showing off to an author he admires, introduces the novelist to the secret Turkish files on Makropoulos. He even takes him to view the man’s body in the morgue. Out of fascination with the criminal’s remarkable story and caught up now in an obsession, Latimer halts work on a novel and sets out to investigate Makropoulos’ life, traveling from Turkey to Greece, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and France as clues turn up in unlikely places.

As Latimer’s obsessive quest proceeds, his views of Makropoulos become more nuanced. To the novelist, “it was useless to try to explain him in terms of Good and Evil. They were no more than baroque abstractions. Good Business and Bad Business were the elements of the new theology. Dimitrios was not evil. He was logical and consistent; as logical and consistent in the European jungle as the poison gas called Lewisite [developed in the US following World War I] and the shattered bodies of children killed in the bombardment of an open town.” To judge from both the histories and the literature of the era, this sentiment aptly reflects the pessimism pervading Europe during in the 1920s and 30s.

For anyone who fancies historical fiction, detective fiction, or espionage novels, A Coffin for Dimitrios will be a delight.
Dianalmeena Dianalmeena
This is an engaging spy novel. The protagonist is Charles Lattimer, a mild-mannered English mystery writer. He’s drawn into the investigation of the life of Dimitrios, a recently deceased criminal. His own curiosity is the force that draws him in and, as he goes from city to city to get closer to the truth, we are drawn into the story along with him. It’s the ordinariness of the protagonist that makes the novel work so well, but it’s the fascinating and well-drawn supporting characters that truly make this novel shine. It’s not the type of book that is thrilling or impossible to put down (there is remarkably little action, given how the genre would subsequently develop), but it is always interesting.
VAZGINO VAZGINO
Eric Ambler is widely regarded as an exemplary writer of spy thrillers, if not the actual inventor of the genre. A Coffin for Dimitrios, originally published in England in 1939 under the title of A Mask for Dimitrios, is considered his most classic work.

The quarrelsome Balkans provided ample material for mystery writers in the period between the two world wars, much as the cold war provided background for John Le Carré and turmoil in the Middle East provides a plentiful backdrop for current authors. Latimer, the book’s principal character, pursues information about the unscrupulous activities of the dangerous criminal Dimitrios. He finds traces of evidence in Istanbul, Izmir, Athens, Sofia, Belgrade, Geneva, and finally Paris.

This is without doubt a masterpiece within its class of writing: sophisticated, cosmopolitan, with a sometimes convoluted but always stimulating plot, and, of course, suspense, building gradually and continually until the dramatic ending.
Madi Madi
...of the spy genre (although his protagonists aren't spies), Eric Ambler is at the top of his form with Dimitrios. The stories are dated, but then so is history. the description of an army in retreat and a city in flames has haunted my memory for decades since I first read the book. If you enjoy this story, don't miss Judgement on Deltchev and The Schirmer Inheritance by the same author.
Haal Haal
Intriguing story that begins with curiosity. Latimer is curious about Dimitrios and an adventure begins. After reading the novel check out the film noir version The Mask of Dimitrios. I think the casting stayed very true to the book with the exception of Latimer being Dutch. (Probably to explain Peter Lorre's accent but otherwise he fits the bill.)