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Seeds of Fiction: Graham Greene's Adventures in Haiti and Central America 19541983 Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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About the Author
Bernard Diederich is a journalist, originally from New Zealand, who launched the English-language weekly newspaper the Haiti Sun in 1950, and subsequently became the resident correspondent for the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Time-Life News Service, and London's Daily Telegraph. In 1963, as a result of his courageous reporting, Diederich was arrested by Papa Doc's Tontons-Makouts, imprisoned, and ultimately expelled from the country. In exile in the Dominican Republic, he was staff foreign correspondent for the Time-Life News service. Richard Greene is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and the editor of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario. Pico Iyer is an essayist and novelist whose books include The Man Within My Head and The Open Road. He writes for such publications as Harper's, New York Review of Books, and Time.
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I found Seeds of Fiction valuable not only for the “back stories” behind some of Graham Greene’s work, but also for the broader insights Diederich provides about Latin American leaders and the politics of the era. His friendship with Panamanian strongman Omar Torrijos was especially interesting to me. One has to wonder how events might have unfolded in Central America had the relatively moderate Torrijos not been killed in a plane crash….seeds of decidedly non-fictional future bloodshed can also be found in this book.
Diederich must be an inspiration to journalists today. He writes modestly about his interactions with Greene, but glimpses of his bravery, street-smarts, and determination to figure out what is going on and report on it to the larger world appear again and again in this book. Would love to read Bernard Diederich’s own story--hope he does an autobiography soon!