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Alec Guinness as John le Carré’s most famous spy, George Smiley, in the BBC adaptation of the novels.(BBC)

Good, bad and ugly: John le Carré’s keepers of the code

Hindustan Times | By Dhamini Ratnam
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 11:31 PM IST
His characters are nuanced and complex, not good and not bad. There is betrayal, but it isn’t always the bad guy who betrays.
We should rejoice that David Cornwell, a mid-level intelligence officer, decided in 1961 to become a writer and transformed into John Le Carré(Getty Images)
We should rejoice that David Cornwell, a mid-level intelligence officer, decided in 1961 to become a writer and transformed into John Le Carré(Getty Images)

Le Carré captured the human condition, in the Cold War and beyond

By Prakash Karat
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Through the grey world of espionage, Le Carré wrote about the human condition. In his own words: “Out of the secret world I once knew, I tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit.”

Author of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, John le Carre dies at 89

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 02:34 PM IST
The ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ author John le Carre dies at the age of 89 due to a short illness in England.
David Cornwell , better known as John le Carre, passed away from pneumonia.(johnlecarreofficial/Facebook)
David Cornwell , better known as John le Carre, passed away from pneumonia.(johnlecarreofficial/Facebook)

Novelist John le Carre, who defined Cold War era, passes away

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:04 PM IST
Among his most popular works are: ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ and ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. He worked for the British intelligence services in the 1950s and 1960s.
Born David Cornwell, le Carre worked for Britain’s intelligence service before turning his experience into fiction in works including “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy” and “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”(johnlecarreofficial/Facebook)
Born David Cornwell, le Carre worked for Britain’s intelligence service before turning his experience into fiction in works including “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy” and “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”(johnlecarreofficial/Facebook)

Spy-turned-novelist John le Carre dies at 89

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 03:56 AM IST
Le Carre’s literary agency, Curtis Brown, said Sunday that he died in Cornwall, southwest England on Saturday after a short illness. The death was not related to COVID-19.
Maybe it is something about murder mysteries as a genre, but they seem to encourage longevity among its practitioners(Photo: iStock)
Maybe it is something about murder mysteries as a genre, but they seem to encourage longevity among its practitioners(Photo: iStock)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Age is just a number...

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 12:28 AM IST
...for authors like John Le Carré, who continue to produce their best work well into their 80s
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