Tuesday 30 January 2018

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

I don't know how is your literary year so far, but I have already made a few discoveries that I have been wanting to share here. So with no further ado, here is today's reading suggestion: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré. A classic and a (if not the) Cold War spy drama that is also the anti James Bond. Disgraced spy Alec Leamas comes back to London from a catastrophic time in Berlin, after seeing the destruction of the whole network of moles he had nurtured, only to be sent himself as a fake defector to the Eastern Block to discredit the East German counter intelligence officer who kill them all, often by his own hand. But nothing is as it seems. It's dark, dreary, utterly unglamorous, completely Machiavellian and fascinating. Like a Shakespearean tragedy set during the Cold War. Which is icy cold here.

1 comment:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i have such a stack of books i need to get to that are sitting on my nightstand making me feel guilty.