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The spy novels of John le Carré : balancing ethics and politics

Author: Myron Joel Aronoff
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A prolific author with millions of fans, and novels that routinely climb the bestseller charts, John le Carre is more than simply a genre writer. Myron J. Aronoff contends that le Carre's spy novels grapple with one of the most pressing political issues facing the world community today: what extreme - and often undemocratic - means are justifiable to protect democracy in this post-Cold War era? As such, Aronoff  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: John Le Carré; John Le Carré; John Le Carré; John Le Carré; John Le Carré
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Myron Joel Aronoff
ISBN: 0312214820 9780312214821
OCLC Number: 39810966
Description: xi, 316 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: ch. 1. George Smiley: liberal sentiment and skeptical balance --
ch. 2. Ambiguous moralism: loyalty and betrayal --
ch. 3. Skepticism: balancing dreams and realities --
ch. 4. Balancing means and ends: the limits of raison d'État --
ch. 5. Ambiguity of human nature: motives and personality --
ch. 6. Bureaucratic politics: domestic and international --
ch. 7. Culture and craft of espionage --
ch. 8. Fiction and the real world of espionage --
ch. 9. Learning to live with ambiguity: balancing ethical and political imperatives.
Responsibility: Myron J. Aronoff.
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A prolific author with millions of fans, and novels that routinely climb the bestseller charts, John le Carre is more than simply a genre writer. Myron J. Aronoff contends that le Carre's spy novels grapple with one of the most pressing political issues facing the world community today: what extreme - and often undemocratic - means are justifiable to protect democracy in this post-Cold War era? As such, Aronoff demonstrates that le Carre's novels use espionage as a metaphor for politics, and his unforgettable characters dramatize the classic conflict between individual sovereignty and governmental loyalty and power.

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