I rarely suggest fiction here. Fiction deserves my greater attention in a world becoming stranger than fiction. Moreover, fiction from nearly 100 years ago portended a world that was already encapsulated by authors like Graham Greene journaling about the human experience when it was much harder to — without modern technology.

Greene’s novel about a conflicted priest in 1930s communist Mexico will live in eternity like the Christian prayer it was named for. A committed Catholic in conflict with a committed communist reverberates in today’s global politics between countries espousing freedom versus those seeking sovereign control.