The Looking Glass War (Paperback)John le Carré (author)
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Do you know what love is? I'll tell you: it is whatever you can still betray…
When the Department - faded since the war and busy only with bureaucratic battles - hears rumour of a missile base near the West German border, it seems like the perfect opportunity to regain some political standing in the Intelligence market place.
The Cold War is at its height and the Department is dying for a piece of the action. Swiftly becoming carried away by fear and pride, the Department and her officers send deactivated agent Fred Leiser back into East Germany, armed only with some schoolboy training and his memories of the war. In the land of eloquent silence that is Communist East Germany, Leiser's fate becomes inseparable from the Department's.
A Cold War thriller from the master of spy fiction, John le Carré's The Looking Glass War is a gripping novel of double-crosses, audacious bluffs and the ever-present threat of nuclear war.
'A book of rare and great power.' Financial Times
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
A devastating and tragic record of human, not glamour, spies * New York Herald Tribune *
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This is an unspectacular read. Le Carre gets somewhat bogged down in the minutiae of wartime communications systems, though it is wonderfully well researched and totally convincing, the plot loses some of the impact... More
“The best of Le Carre”
'The Looking Glass War' is one of Le Carre's very best works, and it is an enormous pity that it is not better known or appreciated. Focusing on the attempts of the Department (perhaps a fictionalised... More
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