John le Carré (* 19. Oktober 1931 in Poole, Dorset, Vereinigtes Königreich; eigentlich David John Moore Cornwell) ist ein englischer Schriftsteller. Nachdem er selbst für den britischen Geheimdienst gearbeitet hatte, wurde er seit den 1960er Jahren durch seine Spionageromane bekannt.
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George Smiley has become acting Chief of the Circus, or rather what remains of it. For the credibility of the British Secret Service has been shattered by his unmasking of a traitor within. It is being starved of funds by Whitehall, and sidelined by its American cousins. Smiley’s appointment, therefore, seems more like retribution than promotion. Yet from the first he goes onto the attack.
1977 erschienen. “This my favorite of all of Le Carre’s works. I find it worth re-reading every few years. The main character is very well-developed and engaging. The moral, political and philosophical issues raised are timeless, and are not given facile, obvious solutions.” (Leser) (269 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 708 Seiten noch günstig?
Into a shadowy, violent and intricate world steeped in moral ambivalences steps George Smiley – tubby, perceptive and morally perplexed as ever – sometime acting Chief of the Circus, as the Secret Service is known. A Russian émigré woman is accosted in Paris in broad daylight by a Soviet intelligence officer. A scared Estonian boy plays courier in Hamburg. In London at the dead of night, George Smiley is summoned from his lonely bed by news of the murder of an ex-agent.
1979 erschienen. “A delight to read, intricate, exciting, absorbing.” (Chicago Tribune) (215 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 468 Seiten noch günstig?
British diplomat Justin Quayle, complacent raiser of freesias and doting husband of the stunning, much younger Tessa, has tended his own garden in Nairobi too long. Tessa is Justin’s opposite, a fiery reformer, „that rarest thing, a lawyer who believes in justice,“ whose campaigns have earned her a nickname: „the Princess Diana of the African poor.“ But now Tessa has turned up naked, raped, and dead on a mysterious visit to remote Lake Turkana in Kenya. Her traveling companion (and lover?), the handsome Congolese-Belgian doctor Arnold Bluhm, has vanished.
2001 erschienen. “The book breathes life, anger and excitement” (Nigel Williams, OBSERVER) (298 Rezensionen / 3,8 Sterne), 516 Seiten noch günstig?
Bruno Salvador, known to friends and enemies alike as Salvo, is the ever-innocent, twenty-nine-year-old orphaned love-child of a Catholic Irish missionary and a Congolese headman’s daughter. Educated first at mission school in the East Congolese province of Kivu, and later at a discreet sanctuary for the secret sons of Rome, Salvo is inspired by his mentor Brother Michael to train as a professional interpreter in the minority African languages of which, almost from birth, he has been an obsessive collector.
2006 erschienen. “The man has such insight into human nature. And, he can say more in a few sentences than many manage in a chapter.” (Leser) (133 Rezensionen / 3,7 Sterne), 353 Seiten noch günstig?