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April 20, 1986 | Morton Kamins, Kamins is a free-lance writer and reviewer. and
It's no accident that Proust's name recurs often in this novel, for John le Carre stalks the biggest of literary game here and comes home with his trophy--the masterly welding of an intricate page-turning spy thriller with the infinitely complex exploration of time and a man's memory. "A Perfect Spy" is a great vibrant cornucopia, spilling over with "something for everyone"--indeed something magnificent for everyone--a permanent addition to the canon of English literature.
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October 21, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
(Warning: Episode 4 spoilers ahead!) A few minutes into the pivotal scene in Sunday's "Homeland" between Carrie Mathison and the mysterious lawyer for the Iranians, I turned to my wife and said: "She's setting him up. "  I don't claim any powers of clairvoyance or any special skills at dramaturgy. But I am a fan of "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," the 1963 novel that made  John le Carré a household name . And this narrative twist comes right out of that book. Readers of "The Spy" will remember that the title character, Alec Leamas, goes utterly to seed to smoke out a Soviet espionage recruiter.
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September 17, 2006 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography" and "The Essential Chaplin."
BRUNO SALVADOR (known to one and all as "Salvo") is a young translator, working in London for a variety of masters -- lawyers, doctors and (how can it be otherwise, since he's the creation of John Le Carre?) a secret branch of the British government. He is, however, no ordinary linguistic mediator. He has what amounts to a genius for his craft, a mastery not just of the major languages of his native land, the Eastern Congo, but most of its tribal tongues as well.
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May 16, 2013 | By Richard Rayner
John le Carré's novels have responded brilliantly to the absence of the Cold War, which was, from 1963's classic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" to "The Secret Pilgrim" in 1990, their traditional domain. In one sense, though, whether set before or after the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, the subject of Le Carré's fiction has never changed. A theme always was, and remains, the question: How can the individual hope to take any effective action in the murk of politics? Le Carré's most famous (and best loved)
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June 27, 1993 | Jonathan Franzen, Franzen's second novel, "Strong Motion," is just out in paperback from Norton
You see it everywhere, the tyranny of the actual. A kudzu of true rime and true confession and live dying chokes the airwaves. Topicality poisons the well of the New Yorker's humor. Terrorists and messiahs feed us bite-sized apocalypses. Post-modernism chases David Letterman. As long as something is "based on a true story," Americans will buy it. Who needs a made-up story? Why settle for fiction when the facts are available?
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March 26, 1995 | Tom Carson, Tom Carson writes for the Village Voice
Call it luck or divination, but John le Carre's new novel has caught a tail wind from the headlines on its way to the public. "Our Game's" plot hinges on a rebellion against Moscow in a breakaway enclave of the former Soviet Union--Ingushetia, to be exact, an ethnically distinct region of the same ex-Soviet republic now better known to Westerners from the predicament of another of its independence-minded minority populations: the Chechens.
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February 17, 1987 | IRV LETOFSKY
"A Murder of Quality." Written and read by John Le Carre. Listen for Pleasure (abridged, two cassettes). Le Carre spins another of his own yarns about the master plodder, George Smiley. In a letter to Miss Brimley (as Barbara Fellowship, who conducts the Christian Voice's agony column), the former Stella Rhode, now the wife of a schoolmaster at a leading private school agonizes, "I am not mad and I know my husband is out to kill me. . . .
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November 28, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The literary air here is momentarily free of barbed adjective and poisoned verb, but there is no peace, only a pause, in the reader-engrossing feud between Salman Rushdie and John le Carre, two of Britain's most famous novelists. Rushdie to Le Carre: "illiterate, pompous ass." He replies to Rushdie: "self-canonizing, arrogant colonialist." The authors' outspoken mutual dislike--Britain's answer to Gore Vidal vs.
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February 24, 1989 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
It was a cocktail party chat with British spy novelist John Le Carre, of all people, and in Moscow, of all places, that led to the imminent publication of an unusual joint venture: publication of a book in English and Russian that showcases prominent and not-so-prominent writers and poets from the Soviet Union and the United States. The idea for a joint volume was hatched by a group of Philadelphia Quakers who had met with Soviet representatives in Washington to look for ways to help improve U.
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April 25, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Those eager for "A Delicate Truth," the latest from spy master John le Carre, now have something to whet their appetites as they wait for his new novel's U.S. release on May 7.  Le Carre premiered a short film on his website Thursday in conjunction with the book's U.K. publication. The one-and-a-half minute teaser draws on the novel to deliver clues about the conspiracy at its heart.  There's little action, and no characters appear, but atmosphere and suspense are present in spades: a flashlight pans across a handwritten draft of the novel; a computer's screen saver bounces darkly around a screen; and a pigeon lifts off a branch.
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November 13, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
This is Salman Rushdie's season of peacemaking. No, the great Indian British novelist hasn't forgiven the Iranian authorities who leveled a "Rushdie must die" fatwa against him back in 1989 for the perceived blasphemies in his novel "The Satanic Verses. " Nor has he made peace, as far as we know, with his second wife, Marianne Wiggins, who is the subject of a most unflattering portrait in Rushdie's new memoir, "Joseph Anton. " But in that same book Rushdie did, in effect, apologize at length to his third wife, Elizabeth West, for the poor judgment he showed in leaving her for his fourth wife, Padma Lakshmi, the statuesque beauty he first met under the Statue of Liberty.
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October 15, 2008 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
THE FIRST recognizable English-language novels of espionage were published in the first decade of the 20th century -- and both have been continuously in print ever since. Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" came out in 1901, and Erskine Childers' "The Riddle of the Sands" followed two years later. You still can get a fairly spirited argument over which actually is the first true spy novel.
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September 17, 2006 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography" and "The Essential Chaplin."
BRUNO SALVADOR (known to one and all as "Salvo") is a young translator, working in London for a variety of masters -- lawyers, doctors and (how can it be otherwise, since he's the creation of John Le Carre?) a secret branch of the British government. He is, however, no ordinary linguistic mediator. He has what amounts to a genius for his craft, a mastery not just of the major languages of his native land, the Eastern Congo, but most of its tribal tongues as well.
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April 3, 2001 | BILL DESOWITZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What's a ruthless spy and a pathological liar to do in a post-Cold War world where none of the old rules apply and everything's up for grabs? Why, team up and turn the espionage game into the ultimate con and walk away with a fortune, of course. At least that's what Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush try to do in "The Tailor of Panama," the John Boorman film that opened last weekend to strong business in limited release ($1.8 million on 199 screens).
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January 14, 2001 | EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber writes the L.A. Confidential column for Book Review and is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
Beautiful, young, wealthy, well-educated, Tessa Quayle is a crusader, the selflessly dedicated defender of those who cannot defend themselves, "that rarest thing: a lawyer who believes in justice." She is also an infuriating zealot, a royal nuisance, a pain in the neck of the vested interests that she assails in her heedless campaigns against iniquity, insensitivity and malfeasance. Tessa is horribly murdered in the opening pages of John le Carre's latest [im]morality tale.
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October 16, 1989
According to your Oct. 1st article, the latest supermarket gimmick is bonus checks and points for "loyal customers." As with trading stamps, then "store" coupons and double coupons, soon all the major chains will offer similar incentives. But if one of the supermarket chains wants to demonstrate that it truly cares about its Southern California customers, it should reschedule its receiving hours to the hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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January 1, 2000
John J. "Jack" Geoghegan, 82, book publisher who acquired John le Carre's landmark "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold." The 1963 novel from an unknown and pseudonymous British author (Le Carre's real name is David Cornwell) was offered to Geoghegan by a London literary agent as "an interesting thriller." Geoghegan had just assumed the presidency, and then the chairmanship, of the New York publishing company Coward-McCann and was looking for something well-written that would sell.
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January 1, 2000
John J. "Jack" Geoghegan, 82, book publisher who acquired John le Carre's landmark "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold." The 1963 novel from an unknown and pseudonymous British author (Le Carre's real name is David Cornwell) was offered to Geoghegan by a London literary agent as "an interesting thriller." Geoghegan had just assumed the presidency, and then the chairmanship, of the New York publishing company Coward-McCann and was looking for something well-written that would sell.
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March 28, 1999 | EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber writes Book Review's monthly column "L.A. Confidential," devoted to mysteries and thrillers. His latest book, "Apocalypses," will be published by Harvard University Press this spring
A television personality battered to death and abandoned in a dumpster in South-Central L.A.; a music mogul pulling bloody strings; a cast of menacing thugs, corrupt shysters, misleading suspects: What else is new? Not much, except the author. Once a player in the O.J. Simpson follies, now a fictioneer, Christopher Darden commits a police procedural with lots of police and little procedure. Who murdered TV's tabloid queen and where? Who is leaking information and disinformation?
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