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John le Carré : the biography

Author: Adam Sisman
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John le Carre is still at the top more than half a century after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Always secretive about his background and Secret Service career (blocking one biography from publication in the 1990s, then choosing a biographer who abandoned the project), John le Carre (David Cornwell) has finally given his blessing to Adam Sisman, who has delivered a biography that reads like a novel. From his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable e-Books
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Biography
Additional Physical Format: Sisman, Adam.
John le Carré.:
Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2015. ©2015
(CaOONL)20159028698
(OCoLC)907968079
Named Person: John Le Carré; John Le Carré
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Sisman
ISBN: 9780307361523 0307361527 9780062106292 0062106295
OCLC Number: 1035315794
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Adam Sisman.

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John le Carre is still at the top more than half a century after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Always secretive about his background and Secret Service career (blocking one biography from publication in the 1990s, then choosing a biographer who abandoned the project), John le Carre (David Cornwell) has finally given his blessing to Adam Sisman, who has delivered a biography that reads like a novel. From his bleak childhood--the departure of his mother when he was five was followed by "sixteen hugless years" in the dubious care of his father, a serial-seducer and con-man--through recruitment by both MI5 and MI6, his years as an agent for British Intelligence during the Cold War, to his emergence as the master of the espionage novel, le Carre has repeatedly quarried his life for his fiction. His acute psychological renderings of undercover operations and the moral ambiguities of the Cold War and our present-day politics lend his novels a level of credibility that is unmistakable. Sisman's great biography uncovers for us the remarkable story of an enigmatic writer whose commercial success has sometimes overshadowed appreciation for his extraordinary abilities.

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