By Graham Greene

Querry, a world-famous architect, is the sufferer of a bad assault of indifference: he now not reveals which means in artwork or excitement in existence. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he's clinically determined because the psychological similar of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has passed through a level of mutilation. even though, as Querry loses himself in paintings for the lepers his affliction of brain slowly ways a remedy. Then the white group reveals out who Querry is...

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