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Eric Ambler (1909–1998)

Autor(a) de The Mask of Dimitrios

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais the Edison Swan Electric Company. When the company became part of Associated Electrical Industries, he worked in its advertising department and wrote avant-garde plays in his spare time. By 1937 he was the director of a London ad agency. He later resigned and moved to Paris where he dedicated himself to writing. In 1936, his first novel, The Dark Frontier, appeared and followed by another five by 1940, as well as working as script consultant for Alexander Korda. During World War II he joined first the artillery and was then later posted to a combat photographic unit. He served in Italy as assistant director of army cinematography and during this period, wrote and produced nearly one hundred training and propaganda films. After the war Ambler was screenwriter for the Rank organization and starting from 1951 he published a number of novels with Charles Rodda under the pseudonym Eliot Reed. Several of his novels were made into films, including A Coffin for Dimitrios in 1944, Journey into Fear in 1942, and Topkapi in 1964. Ambler also wrote screenplays, including those for The Cruel Sea in 1953 and The Guns of Navarone in 1961. In the 1960s he moved to Hollywood and was responsible for the TV shows Checkmate and The Most Deadly Game. Ambler received the Gold Dagger in 1959 for Passage of Arms, in 1967 for Dirty Story and in 1972 for The Levanter. He also received the Diamond Dagger in 1986 plus an Edgar in 1964 for The Light of Day and was nominated Grand Master in 1975. Ambler was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1981, and received other literary awards in France and Sweden. He died in London in October 1998. Ambler published 23 novels total, 19 under his own name and four in collaboration Eric Amber died in London on October 22, 1998, at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Eric Ambler

The Mask of Dimitrios (1939) 1,835 exemplares
Journey into Fear (1940) 831 exemplares
Epitaph for a Spy (1938) 734 exemplares
The Light of Day (1962) 615 exemplares
Cause for Alarm (1938) 529 exemplares
Uncommon Danger (1937) 462 exemplares
The Schirmer Inheritance (1953) 350 exemplares
Passage of Arms (1959) 347 exemplares
Judgment on Deltchev (1951) 331 exemplares
The Levanter (1972) 326 exemplares
State of Siege (1956) 303 exemplares
A Kind of Anger (1964) 239 exemplares
The Care of Time (1981) 228 exemplares
The Dark Frontier (1936) 227 exemplares
Doctor Frigo (1974) 209 exemplares
The Intercom Conspiracy (1969) 202 exemplares
Send No More Roses (1977) 199 exemplares
Dirty Story (1967) 194 exemplares
Great Cases of Scotland Yard (1978) 125 exemplares
Here Lies (1985) 75 exemplares
A Night to Remember [1958 film] (1958) — Screenwriter — 68 exemplares
Ability to Kill (1987) 66 exemplares
Oliver Twist [1948 film] (1948) — Writer — 50 exemplares
To Catch a Spy: An Anthology of Favourite Spy Stories (1964) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Waiting for Orders (1841) 32 exemplares
The Maras Affair (1953) 24 exemplares
Tender To Danger (1951) 24 exemplares
The Cruel Sea [1953 film] (1953) — Screenwriter — 23 exemplares
The Intriguers (1959) 23 exemplares
Selected Works (1978) 22 exemplares
The Light of Day | Dirty Story (1990) 15 exemplares
The Purple Plain [1954 film] (1954) — Writer — 14 exemplares
Skytip (1791) 14 exemplares
Passport to Panic (2010) 13 exemplares
Charter to Danger (2010) 10 exemplares
The Passionate Friends [1949 film] (1949) — Screenwriter — 9 exemplares
Das große Krimi- Lesebuch. (1992) 8 exemplares
Omnibus (1972) 6 exemplares
The Card [1952 film] (1952) — Writer — 5 exemplares
The Army of the Shadows (1997) 4 exemplares
The Blood Bargain [short story] (1977) 2 exemplares
Yangtse Incident [1957 film] — Screenwriter — 2 exemplares
Els visitants nocturns (1986) 2 exemplares
El proceso Beltchev (1974) 1 exemplar
Insolito peligro 1 exemplar
Epätavallinen vaara (1989) 1 exemplar
Highly Dangerous [1950 film] — Screenwriter — 1 exemplar
Gün Isigi (2021) 1 exemplar
No Envie Mas Rosas (1991) 1 exemplar
Tocaia grande 1 exemplar
Ambler Eric 1 exemplar
Cloak And Dagger 1 exemplar
The Seige of Villa Lipp (1977) 1 exemplar
El paso del tiempo 1 exemplar
Viagem para o Medo 1 exemplar
O LEVANTINO 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) — Introdução, algumas edições15,466 exemplares
The Spy's Bedside Book (1957) — Contribuidor — 352 exemplares
A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Volumes 1-2 (1957) — Contribuidor — 262 exemplares
A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Volume 1 (1957) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage (2003) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
Great Spy Stories From Fiction (1969) — Contribuidor, algumas edições75 exemplares
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Five Spy Novels (1962) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Cloak and Dagger: A Treasury of 35 Great Espionage Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Queen's Book of the Red Cross (1939) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Movie Detectives and Screen Crimes (1998) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Journey into Fear [1943 film] (1942) — Original book — 16 exemplares
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Man Who ... (1992) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Ethnic Detectives: Masterpieces of Mystery Fiction (1985) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Encore (1952) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Crime Without Murder (1970) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1984 (1984) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Crime in good company : essays on criminals and crime-writing (1959) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Spy in the Shadows [Anthology 8-in-1] (1965) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1978 (1978) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Spionhistorier fra hele verden — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Journey Into Fear [1975 film] — Original novel — 1 exemplar
The Penguin Film Review 9 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Ambler, Eric Clifford
Outros nomes
Reed, Eliot
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Paris, France
University of London
British Army (Filmmaking unit)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Cartier Diamond Dagger (1986)

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Eric Ambler was born in London in 1909. Before turning to writing full-time, he worked at an engineering firm and wrote copy for an advertising agency. His first novel was published in 1936. He was awarded two Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain, was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers Association of America, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. In addition to his novels, Ambler wrote a number of screenplays, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Oscar nomination. Eric Ambler died in 1998.



For me this had a slow start as I had some difficulty getting interested in the plot and more so, the characters. Once Theodore Carter ran into difficulties with the KGB and the CIA, the story picked up some steam. Carter was the editor of a monthly magazine financed by rich man who saw conspiracy theories in every government action. With his passing, Carter continued to be editor of the newsletter which was now financed by a mystery man. The articles he now was order to publish made him a target of the Intelligence Agencies.

A complicated plot.
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lamour | 4 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
Excellent book that did not lose anything with the passage of time - everything described in it, from activities of organized crime to the way business sometimes works hand in hand with gangsters in order to raise profits is applicable to our times as it was in late 1930's.

Highly recommended to anyone enjoying a great thriller.
Zare | 49 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Decades after the WW2 ended were marked by anti-colonial movements and fierce fights for independence throughout the Africa and Asia. Fighting in these dirty wars on the side of European settlers were mercenaries. Some where rag tag groups, some were professional outfits but common denominator was the type of man fighting in these troops - they were usually battle veterans from the WW2 and earlier colonial conflicts that just could not get back to civilian society. But then there were also true wanderers/adventureers and petty criminals that just found themselves in the middle of the conflict with no idea what is going on and trying to find the way to survive.

And in this second group we can place our protagonist Arthur Abdel Simpson. Petty criminal operating in Athens he will find himself in quite the predicament when British Embassy decides to put him on the so called black list. For all means and purposes stateless Arthur tries to find the way out (as he says getting on the wrong end of Greek immigration is not something to aim for) but his further scheming just gets him deeper and deeper in trouble until finally he finds himself on the ship running away from Greek imprisonment. This short break ends in East Africa only for Arthur to find out that East African authorities look down on people like him. This (and his uncontrollable blabbering that constantly puts him in danger) will bring him to attention of one of the mysterious companies mining ore in the dark jungles of Africa. Presenting himself as a former soldier Arthur gets recruited into mercenary outfit alongside several unsavory characters and finds himself in the middle of the conflict around ore deposits.

Ambler presents the reality of conflict in Africa in a very non-nonsense way. Told from the perspective of a petty thief story shows how he is able to look at all the business vying for the foothold in Africa as nothing more that global scale pirates that play now independent nations one against another in order to achieve their goals. As Arthur is hunted by police because of few hundred drachma's these global robbers are pardoned after instigating wars and looting treasures. So when he sees opportunity he tries to play them one against the other in order to earn some money but of course nothing goes according to the plan.

Excellent book, story flows very fast and gives portrayal of Africa as seen by Europeans in the period.

Ending is priceless - I could envision Dereck Trotter from "Only Fools and Horses" saying the words at the end :) Once a shady character, always the shady character :)

Recommended to all fans of thrillers.
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Zare | 4 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
While more action-oriented episodes from everyday secret services work like hunting down terrorists and foreign spies grab the headlines it is amazing how many things get done in a quiet manner - with mild twisting of few arms but in general by payoff and without armed escalations.

So when you are in the know and see the opening to finally get the life you crave then .... why not take the chance.

This was the rule two senior intelligence officers decided to follow. They decided to buy out the Swiss-based crazy-conspiracy-theory Intercom circular letter (following the death of its owner, retired US general) and use it to force Russians or Americans to buy them out just to keep them quiet. Because problem with conspiracies is if you push too much everybody will say "AHA! So that was true" and if you do not do anything then the other side might control the narrative and water will get so muddled it wont serve anyone's purpose.

Swiss, country very serious about its neutrality is the best ground for this sort of operation. So everything is put in motion and now it is wait time - who will offer the biggest sum.

Caught in the middle of this ... endeavor (?) ... is Intercom's technical editor (and de-facto writer) Mr Carter. Working as an editor and following the strict rules given to him by the new owner, Carter will find himself in the cross-hairs of various clandestine services who are getting more and more interested in Intercom circular letter [as its content becomes more involved and no longer on-the-edge-crazy-conspiracy-talk]. Of course as time passes by, Carter finds himself ever so often on the short end of the stick and becomes regular guest in local hospitals [after meetings with secret agents].

Told in the form of a incomplete manuscript/book, one initially authored and written by Charles Latimer (recurring character from novel The Mask of Dimitrios), writer of detective novels interested in the Intercom affair after the media frenzy, and finalized by above-mentioned Mr Carter, this is very interesting and gripping story. It is very modern novel and where it not for mention of cables and telegrams story itself could be taking place today.
Ambler manages to draw very vivid picture of people caught between the secret services worried with what gets openly published and not sure who is actually the opposition (and thus following simple premise - consider guilty under further notice).

End of the story is what I might say realistic. It might not be to everyone's liking but it is very rare occurrence that people caught up in the dark cloak-and-dagger world live to tell their tale.

Very interesting novel, brings back memories of Umberto Eco's Numero zero and the movie Conspiracy Theory.

Highly recommended to all fans of thriller and spy stories.
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Zare | 4 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |



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