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le Carré, John - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - ( Item 127627 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2009. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Very Good+ slipcase. Some marks to panels of slipcase. Bound in buckram, blocked with a design by Tim Laing. 368 pages; frontispiece and 8 full-page black & white illustrations. Size: 9½ ins × 6¼ ins. Like Graham Greene, John le Carré transcends the spy genre, writing novels that also rank among the most critically acclaimed fiction of the late 20th century. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he perfectly evokes the Cold War, a conflict that has a language all of its own: in the jargon of espionage we encounter 'scalphunters' and 'pavement artists', 'firemen' and 'lamplighters', as loyalties shift and the rivalry intensifies between the Circus and its counterpart in Washington. This is no one-dimensional thriller, but a subtle, gripping novel that derives suspense from moral complexity and psychological subtlety. Its spies are individuals caught in a web of international intrigue, from Smiley himself, recalling his days as an agent 'living with terror in his mouth, naked to every stranger's glance', to a supply teacher in a West Country prep school, 'obeying orders and forgetting' both human casualties of a dangerous profession.

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