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Espionage and ExileFascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film$
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Phyllis Lassner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401104

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.001.0001

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Eric Ambler: Espionage Chronicler of the 1930s

Eric Ambler: Espionage Chronicler of the 1930s

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(p.16) Chapter 1 Eric Ambler: Espionage Chronicler of the 1930s
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Espionage and Exile
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Phyllis Lassner

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.003.0002

This chapter examines Eric Ambler's novels of the 1930s, including The Dark Frontier (1936), Background to Danger (1937), Epitaph for a Spy (1938), Cause for Alarm (1938), The Mask of Dimitrios (Also titled A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939). Detailing Ambler's use of a gothic expressionist style, the chapter shows how his anti-fascist stance led to narrative experiments combining popular genre conventions with polemical fiction to critique the more egregious stereotypes spy fiction had previously deployed and to create sympathy on behalf of Hitler’s targeted victims.

Keywords:   Expressionism, Fascism, Communism, Polemics, Exile, Vampire, propaganda

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