We all know Orson Welles wore many hats—actor, director, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and terrifying radio personality—but did you know he was also a novelist?
Sixty years ago Orson Welles completed the filming of Mr. Arkadin. But before Welles' vision could be shared with audiences, his producer and political mentor Louis Dolivet kicked him off the project and retitled it Confidential Report.
Luckily, Welles saw fit to write the story the way he had intended it in the novel Mr. Arkadin: The Secret Sordid Life of an International Tycoon. The haunting Wellesian tale takes readers across the world as a small-time smuggler tries to piece together a report for Gregory Arkin, a wealthy and very sinister financier who can remember nothing of his life before 1927. Filled with international intrigue, adventure, and of course a mounting body count, Mr. Arkadin is an exciting look into the unique creative genius of Orson Welles.
Today, why not celebrate Welles by reading his version of this exciting story? Start reading now!