The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The novel tells the story of a Roman Catholic priest in the state of Tabasco in Mexico during the 1930s, a time when the Mexican government, still effectively controlled by Plutarco Elías Calles, strove to suppress the Catholic Church. The persecution was especially severe in the province of Tabasco, where the anti-clerical governor Tomás Garrido Canabal had founded and actively encouraged "fascist" paramilitary groups (called the “Red-Shirts”) and succeeded in closing all the churches in the state; forcing the priests to marry and give up their gowns, making a hitherto conservative and staid state a model of revolutionary sterility and oppression.
The 1136th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 66th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
- - 72nd on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
- - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
- - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)