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L'espia que va tornar del fred (1963)

de John le Carré

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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.
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    Trucada per al mort de John le Carré (otori)
    otori: Key character Hans-Dieter Mundt first appearance.
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    El Talp de John le Carré (John_Vaughan)
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    El pelegrí secret de John le Carré (Oleg.Gerassimenko)
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    Uncommon Danger de Eric Ambler (yokai)
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    The Deceiver de Frederick Forsyth (Artymedon)
    Artymedon: Both novels have a central participant: the Berlin Wall.
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Pure LeCarre pleasure! Intricate plot, excellent historical background and so inexorably exciting to the very end! ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
A brilliant spy novel. It dips into the psyche of the protagonist from time to time, and one can never be sure about whom to trust which is an inherent feature of the world of spies. Above all, the reader realizes how helpless even the best of spies can feel which contrasts very well with the resourcefulness they have to display all the time. Morality is always on the line and one starts to wonder how much of it to give up when chasing the 'greater good'.

The writing is great. The twists and turns come after the right amount of build-up and even if sometimes things get a tad slow when reaching them, the pay-offs are always huge!

It is especially interesting, of course, for those who like mystery and suspense in general. It also presented something refreshingly different from detective fiction (like Sherlock and Agatha Christie) which I usually drown myself in. A must read! ( )
  liberation999 | May 6, 2022 |
Simply the best spy fiction I have ever read. ( )
  footgun | Feb 28, 2022 |
A la sombra del muro de Berlín , Alec Leamas asiste al asesinato de su último agente, muerto por un disparo a manos de los guardia de la RDA. ( )
  pedrolopez | Feb 15, 2022 |

'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' (1963) was John le Carré's third book and his breakthrough novel. Together with Len Deighton's 'Ipcress File' published a year earlier, it changed the tone of spy fiction, moving away from the glamorous image of espionage created by Fleming and, to some extent, Graham Greene, towards something grimly seedy, morally bankrupt and totally credible. Le Carré made the Cold War real, stripping it of its ideological trimmings and displaying it for the covert but ruthlessly brutal conflict that it was.

John Le Carré

Le Carré worked as a British Intelligence Officer in the early 1960s, in Bonn and Hamburg. His career ended a year after 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' was published when the double agent Kim Philby gave the names of British agents to the KGB. This first-hand experience may explain the confident mastery of an insider's view of a secret world that makes 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' seem so authentic.

Although I've read many of Le Carré's later spy novels, I've never read his Cold War stories before. His later stories seem to me to be sophisticated, a little world-weary and totally unromantic but his main protagonists, usually men of few illusions, still find a way to muddle through and at least mitigate disaster. 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' isn't like that. It is unremittingly bleak. It's clever, so clever that I didn't see the twists coming, but it's also fundamentally repugnant. There are no heroes in this book, just players and the people being played and you don't know who is which until the novel ends. The novel is as compelling as a slow-motion car wreck, you know it won't end well but you can't look away.

Some of the grimness is simply a reflection of England as it was in the early 1960s, still struggling to achieve more than survival seven years after the end of the war. Some of it comes from a brutal Realpolitik that placed national interest ahead of ideology or personal integrity. Class also plays its part.  Alec Leamas, the spy of the title, is, from the point of view of people who run the security service, 'not one of us'. He didn't go to the right schools. He's not a member of the right clubs. He is valued only to the extent that he is successful. If he stops being successful, he will lose all value. That Leamas knows and accepts this only makes everything more depressing. Leamas is a man who does not value himself. He's resilient and persistent but more from an ingrained habit of aggressive belligerence than from any belief in change. I didn't like Leamas but I understood him and believed in him completely. As a character, he's a remarkable achievement.

The plot of 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' is fiendishly clever both in its content and its exposition. Even when I knew the outcome I found myself staggered by the depth of deception and the ruthlessness of the execution.

The only false note in the story for me was Elizabeth's love for Alec Leamas. I could see that the plot required it but I struggled to believe it. Partly that was because I couldn't see what there was about Leamas that attracted her. He was significantly older, emotionally withdrawn, secretive, bad-tempered, sometimes violent and often drunk. What was the appeal? I felt that, by comparison to the portrait Le Carré painted of Leamas, Elizabeth was little more than a pencil sketch, an accessory rather than a person.

Even so, most of the novel was strong and it has encouraged me to read the rest of the Cold War books.
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  MikeFinnFiction | Jan 29, 2022 |
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En este clásico, el autor recrea un mundo jamás conocido antes en la novela de suspense. Con los conocimientos acumulados durante sus años en el servicio de inteligencia británica, le Carré saca a la luz los interiores un tanto turbios del espionaje internacional de la mano de Alec Leamas, un agente británico durante los primeros años de la guerra fría en Berlín. Leamas es responsable de mantener a sus agentes dobles protegidos y con vida, pero los alemanes del Este empiezan a matarlos, por lo que su superior, Control, le pide que vuelva a Londres no para echarle del cuerpo sino para encargarle una misión un tanto complicada. Con esta novela clásica de suspense, le Carré cambió las reglas del juego. Esta es la historia de un último encargo que recae sobre un agente que desea desesperadamente retirarse de su carrera de espionaje.
afegit per Pakoniet | editaLecturalia
 
The best spy story I have ever read," says Graham Greene, and I am not too far from agreeing with him. Whether "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" is better than Eric Ambler's "Epitaph for a Spy" or Somerset Maugham's "Ashenden" or Mr. Greene's own "The Confidential Agent" is inconsequential. What matters is that it belongs on the same shelf. Here is a book a light year removed from the sometimes entertaining trivia which have (in the guise of spy novels) cluttered the publishers' lists for the past year.
afegit per John_Vaughan | editaNY Times, Anthony Boucher (Jul 20, 1964)
 

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le Carré, Johnautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Boyd, WilliamIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jayston, MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Muller, FrankNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Salomaa, AnttiTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Taylor, MattAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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