In Greenmantle (1916) Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot, Greenmantle himself, modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the
Russian border to face their enemies - the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty of Hilda von Einem.
In this classic espionage adventure Buchan shows his mastery of the thriller and the Stevensonian romance, and also his enormous knowledge of world politics before and during the First World War. This edition illuminates for the first time the many levels beneath the stirring plot and romantic characters.
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John Buchan (1875-1940), presbyterianischer Pfarrerssohn aus Schottland. Parlamentsmitglied, Freund T. E. Lawrences, Kriegsberichterstatter der 'Times', Chef des britischen geheimen Nachrichtendienstes im Ersten Weltkrieg, Generalgouverneur von Kanada und erhielt das Adelsprädikat eines 'ersten Lord Tweedsmuir'. Veröffentlichung zahlreicher historischer Werke, darunter eine Biographie über Oliver Cromwell.