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Smiley, George (Fictitious character)

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Works: 100 works in 760 publications in 18 languages and 46,033 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Spy stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Suspense fiction  Television adaptations  Spy television programs  Detective and mystery stories  Juvenile works 
Classifications: PR6062.E33, 823.914
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Publications about George (Fictitious character) Smiley
Most widely held works about George (Fictitious character) Smiley
    Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by John Le Carré( Book )
    70 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 11 languages and held by 5,555 libraries worldwide
    George Smiley is assigned to uncover the identity of the double agent operating in the highest levels of British Intelligence
    Smiley's people by John Le Carré( Book )
    40 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 4,167 libraries worldwide
    In London at dead of night, George Smiley, sometime acting Chief of the Circus (aka the British Secret Service), is summoned from his lonely bed by news of the murder of an ex-agent. Lured back to active service, Smiley skillfully maneuvers his people -- "the no-men of no-man's land"--Into crisscrossing Paris, London, Germany, and Switzerland as he prepares for his own final, inevitable duel on the Berlin border with his Soviet counterpart and archenemy, Karla
    The honourable schoolboy by John Le Carré( Book )
    44 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 4,020 libraries worldwide
    In an attempt to recover from the devastating effects of having uncovered a double agent in a high position in its organization, the British Secret Service carries out an elaborate espionage scheme in the Far East
    Tinker tailor soldier spy by John Le Carré( visu )
    40 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 3,317 libraries worldwide
    At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone's motives are in question
    The spy who came in from the cold by John Le Carré( Book )
    77 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 3,083 libraries worldwide
    A veteran spy wants to "come in from the cold" to retirement. He undertakes one last assignment in which he pretends defection and provides the enemy with sufficient evidence to label their leader a double agent
    The secret pilgrim by John Le Carré( Book )
    21 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 2,965 libraries worldwide
    Ned considered delivering his own speech to the new "Joes" at Saratt, but in the end, he called on George Smiley, the legendary officer who had retired to Cornwall. Smiley's "fireside chat" gives the dangerous edge back to Ned's memory, transporting him to his own beginnings as an agent in the 60s when the Red Peril was everywhere
    Call for the dead by John Le Carré( Book )
    45 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,828 libraries worldwide
    Premier spy novelist John le Carrs first novel introduces the world's most famous undercover operative, George Smiley, who, though bitter and weary with all he has seen and done, cannot refuse one last desperate call for his services
    Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by John Le Carré( Sound Recording )
    38 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,111 libraries worldwide
    When his handler is accused of treason, British spy George Smiley is also dismissed from his agency. To clear his name and prove his loyalty, Smiley takes a job from Oliver Lacon, the Permanent Undersecretary to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in an attempt to identify and capture the real traitor
    A murder of quality by John Le Carré( Book )
    35 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in English and Polish and held by 2,041 libraries worldwide
    George Smiley, retired from the world of spies and treachery, is summoned by an old friend to help with a small problem: at the exclusive school where Smiley's friend teaches it seems there's been a murder. Frightfully embarrassing, of course. Perhaps George could quietly look into the matter? Once more, Smiley is up to his elbows in spies and treachery, of a different sort
    Call for the dead by John Le Carré( file )
    35 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 1,421 libraries worldwide
    George Smiley had liked Samuel Fennan, and now Fennan was dead from an apparent suicide. But why? Fennan, a Foreign Office man, had been under investigation for alleged Communist Party activities, but Smiley had made it clear that the investigation -- little more than a routine security check -- was over and that the file on Fennan could be closed. The very next day, Fennan was found dead with a note by his body saying his career was finished and he couldn't go on. Smiley was puzzled
    A murder of quality by John Le Carré( file )
    47 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and held by 1,382 libraries worldwide
    George Smiley, retired from the world of spies and treachery, is summoned by an old friend to help with a small problem: at the exclusive school where Smiley's friend teaches it seems there's been a murder. Frightfully embarrassing, of course. Perhaps George could quietly look into the matter? Once more, Smiley is up to his elbows in spies and treachery, of a different sort
    The spy who came in from the cold by John Le Carré( file )
    25 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 1,151 libraries worldwide
    A veteran spy wants to "come in from the cold" to retirement. He undertakes one last assignment in which he pretends defection and provides the enemy with sufficient evidence to label their leader a double agent
    Smiley's people by John Le Carré( file )
    31 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 935 libraries worldwide
    Smiley knew him. He lay face downward with a plastic sheet spread over him. He was an old man, who had battled and endured and he had one more secret to tell. It was a secret the solution to which had dogged Smiley's whole career. Smiley's people brings the conflict between George Smiley and his couterpart, the Russian spy master Karla, to a final confrontation
    John le Carré by Peter Elfed Lewis( Book )
    3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 851 libraries worldwide
    John le Carré by Lynn Beene( Book )
    3 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 705 libraries worldwide
    In John le Carre's artful espionage novels, the most prominent "spy" might well be the author himself, for throughout his fiction readers see a worried, conscientious man peering into the deformed hearts of those who would betray his people and warning us of their trickery. Le Carre (the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell) has amassed broad popular and critical appeal by exploring difficult subjects while keeping his books engaging, lucid, and within the boundaries of the genre he now defines. Using his constant theme of the meretricious relationship of love and betrayal, he exploits the conventions of espionage fiction to show that no absolute standards of public or personal conduct exist, that humanism, no matter how ponderously examined, cannot avoid inhumanity. In this comprehensive study of one of Britain's most prolific novelists (and alumnus of its espionage activities), LynnDianne Beene identifies le Carre's considerable talent at manipulating the espionage genre to bring it in line with his relentless moral vision. Beene finds that the best of le Carre's novels - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1964), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), Smiley's People (1980), and The Little Drummer Girl (1983) - borrow some conventions from popular thrillers but are essentially literary fiction. Although le Carre's thrillers, like the work of genre novelists, include resourceful agents, animated narratives, technical espionage devices, and entangled political affairs, his characters, Beene contends, are more reminiscent of Charles Dickens's best caricatures: their actions remind readers that decency, love, and the line between betrayal and loyalty are precarious. In the tradition of Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, and Graham Greene, le Carre creates largely convincing characters whose often unshakable faith in conspiracy leads uncontrollably to treachery. Although often efficient, le Carre's people are pawns in an espionage chess game where betrayal is the basic tactic: once caught in the game, Beene observes, their only escapes are betrayal, death, or, worse, self-realization and angst, as is the case with the perennial character George Smiley. Le Carre is singular among contemporary writers because, Beene argues, he exchanges action, the mainstay of espionage fiction and that which makes the genre pure entertainment, for psychological debate and ethical paralysis. Le Carre writes of an "our side" indistinguishable from "theirs": "we" can be incompetent, fumbling, and mindlessly destructive; "they" can be decent, conscientious, and dedicated. Beene judiciously avoids literary categories in this straightforward, chronological analysis of le Carre, ranking him with the best of Britain's nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century novelists but not disregarding the fact that he is a writer of his time, of the cold war's technological gadgetry and often absurd political liaisons. Her portrait will prove of particular interest to students of what is now a containable literary period: the cold war, 1945-1989
    The spy who came in from the cold by John Le Carré( visu )
    6 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in English and held by 688 libraries worldwide
    A burnt-out British spy defects to East Germany as a ruse to feed false information to the government
    John le Carré ( Book )
    3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 661 libraries worldwide
    A selection of criticism-arranged in chronological order of publication, devoted to the fiction of John le Carré
    The quest for Karla by John Le Carré( Book )
    1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 651 libraries worldwide
    Three Novels; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy-The Honourable Schoolboy-Smiley's People
    The incongruous spy; two novels of suspense by John Le Carré( Book )
    4 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in English and held by 611 libraries worldwide
    John Le Carré's Smiley's people by John Le Carré( visu )
    7 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 595 libraries worldwide
    The bespectacled spymaster is once more called from retirement to come to the aid of the 'Circus' -- and he returns with a vengeance. The murder of an émigré Soviet General who was also a British agent sends him digging into the past on a twisted trail across Europe that moves, inexorably, towards a final showdown with his old adversary, Karla of Moscow Centre
 
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