John le Carré (Author of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold)
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Books by John le Carré
Nearly three decades ago, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the U. The basic pitch is this: George Smiley is the anti—James Bond. Unlike Bond, he is fat and poorly dressed; unlike Bond, he toils away at a drab intelligence agency, abstrusely referred to as the Circus, permanently plagued by bureaucratic infighting and petty office politics. Unlike Bond, Smiley is married, and his wife dislikes him and cheats on him. Unlike Bond, Smiley regards the necessary violence and mendacity of espionage as a real moral problem, rather than a fun adolescent fantasy. Also unlike Bond, Smiley is the star of several smart, well-written novels.
Le Carré is probably the greatest espionage author who has put pen to paper, giving the world one of the most memorable characters in.
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Publication Order of Standalone Novels
But where do you start reading one of the greatest espionage writers of all time? Here is our starter for ten. Here is our guide to ten of the best. It was revolutionary then, and still retains every ounce of its power, laying out what underpins much of his work: that most spycraft is essentially morally bankrupt and completely at odds with the values of Western democracies. This is best summed by the glorious rant from the titular Alex Leamas, an MI6 man who is sent to East Berlin to sow disinformation about a Stasi boss: 'What do you think spies are: priests, saints, martyrs? They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors, too, yes: pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives. You certainly can, but all five of novels in which the overweight, bespectacled and often underestimated-by-his-enemies spymaster appears as the main character are easily read as standalones.
David J. Cornwell also know as John le Carre, his artistic pseudonym was born on the 19th of October , in Poole, a coastal town in the county of Dorset, in England. John le Carre has revolutionized the spy fiction genre, creating his own niche and his own legion of followers and imitators. None of those who tried to replicate his style, however, were able to recreate the same fusion of suspense, analytic skills, rhythm and irony that the great English writer produces in each and every book. It is only by exploring his biography that we can really appreciate the style of Mr. The inspiration for many of his plots, in fact, comes directly from his incredible life.
His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold , became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. In , he was awarded the Goethe Medal. Cornwell was born on 19 October in Poole , Dorset , England. He has an older brother, Tony, two years his elder, now a retired advertising executive. His younger half-sister is the actress Charlotte Cornwell. His younger half-brother, Rupert Cornwell , is a former Washington bureau chief for the newspaper The Independent.