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Award Thursdays: John le Carre

Post by: Imtiaz Ahmed



Strained international relations have proved to be ample fodder for several writers to make their careers out of them. But that isn't only why John le Carre's books are widely read. The writer replicates realities in his books. His detectives are people who are aware that they are mere pawns in an intricate political system. Their work is certainly not righteous or morally correct and the protagonists are fully aware of this fact. There is less of fast paced action here; the characters are indulgent in mind games, as is true of modern espionage.  


Having worked for the British intelligence service during the 1950's and 1960's, David John Moore Cornwell began writing novels under the pen name John le Carre. His breakthrough came in 1963 with the bestselling novel - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Other popular le Carre novels include - Absolute Friends, The Russia House, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Tailor of Panama and A Delicate Truth. The writer has won several awards for his work including The British Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France.


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