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Legacy of Spies

«This is a truly wonderful, morally complex, politically astute novel written with elegance and panache . . . the visceral thrill of its twists and its complexities, its edge-of-the-seat qualities »

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For the first time in over 30 years, John le Carré returns to the Cold War in this thrilling masterpiece. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. Les mer

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For the first time in over 30 years, John le Carré returns to the Cold War in this thrilling masterpiece. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carré has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

Detaljer

Forlag
Penguin Books Ltd
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
368
ISBN
9780241981610
Utgivelsesår
2018
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

John le Carré was born in 1931. For six decades, he wrote novels that came to define our age. The son of a confidence trickster, he spent his childhood between boarding school and the London underworld. At sixteen he found refuge at the University of Bern, then later at Oxford. A spell of teaching at Eton led him to a short career in British Intelligence (MI5 & 6). He published his debut novel, Call for the Dead, in 1961 while still a secret servant. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. At the end of the Cold War, le Carré widened his scope to explore an international landscape including the arms trade and the War on Terror. His memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, was published in 2016 and the last George Smiley novel, A Legacy of Spies, appeared in 2017. He died on 12 December 2020. His posthumous novel, Silverview, was published in 2021.

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«This is a truly wonderful, morally complex, politically astute novel written with elegance and panache . . . the visceral thrill of its twists and its complexities, its edge-of-the-seat qualities »

Scotland on Sunday

«[Le Carré's] writing has lost none of its pith or potency . . . his powers of invention have kept up with the pace of an ever-changing and complex world'»

The Scotsman

«Thrilling and fascinating - a satisfying close to the saga»

The Independent

«This sublime thriller»

Sunday Mirror

«This really is vintage le Carré»

Mail on Sunday

«It's brilliantly done and very enjoyable»

Prospect

«Not since The Spy Who Came in From The Cold has le Carré exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect»

John Banville, Guardian

«Gripping, fast-paced . . . A splendid novel»

Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

«A brilliant novel of deception, love and trust to join his supreme espionage canon»

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Books of the Year

«Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He will have charted our decline and recorded the nature of our bureaucracies like no one else has. He's in the first rank»

Ian McEwan

«It gives the reader, at long last, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been missing for 54 years . . . A Legacy of Spies does something remarkable . . . Like wine, le Carré's writing has got richer with age»

The Times

«le Carré's masterful new novel»

Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

«His writing is as crisp as ever . . . another tale of intrigue which will slip effortlessly into its place in the Smiley canon»

Daily Express

«What are we to make of Smiley? What is his game? Do we like him? Admire him? Every le Carré reader has wrestled with these questions-and A Legacy of Spies brings them to the fore more directly than any previous book»

Vanity Fair

«Ingenious»

Washington Post

«The English canon has rarely seen an acclaimed novelist and popular entertainer sustain such a hot streak in old age . . . A Legacy of Spies achieves many things. Outstandingly, it is a defiant assertion of creative vigour»

The Observer

«A Legacy of Spies deploys a complex and ingeniously layered structure to make the past alive in the present once more . . . le Carré has not lost his touch»

Evening Standard

«[A] late-career triumph»

1843 Magazine

«I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be»

Malcolm Gladwell

«Utterly engrossing and perfectly pitched, it is a triumph»

Daily Mail

«We are back in the more interesting territory of moral uncertainty and failure. What, Smiley asks, was he fighting for?»

TLS

«The best spy story I have ever read»

Graham Greene on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

«A literary master for a generation»

Observer

«George Smiley is our favourite fictional spy»

Sunday Express

«le Carré has made and peopled a myth. Myths do not age»

Financial Times

«Deeply moving in its portrait of a man adrift in a climate he no longer understands»

Metro

«[As] labyrinthine as you'd expect ... le Carré has always been a master»

The Tablet

«Razor-sharp insight from the battle-weary Guillam and fascinating glimpses into the murky spycraft at the height of the Cold War only add to the joy of this sublimely accomplished thriller »

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