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Much of his experience at this time found its way into Ashenden, a collection of
short stories published in 1928, the first (and still one of the best) of the works of
anti-romantic spy fiction, a portrait of the grubby, heartless world of espionage ...
whole story about human affections. ... I might well say that they invented their
own stories . ... decided to leave as jottings, but some of them were so close to
fiction that he could include them, much later, among his Complete Short Stories.
paper, and it was not till four years after I had made my notes for it that I wrote the
first of the stories I had conceived in the South Seas. I had not written short stories
for many years. I began my literary career by writing them and my third book ...
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