John Le Carré, master of spy novels, dies.
In the last few years Le Carré had chosen a retired life, between Cornwall and Hampstead. Twice married, he had four children and thirteen grandchildren. In 2011 he bequeathed all his archives to the Bodley Library, founded in the early 17th century in Oxford, where he studied languages in the 1950s.
Real name David JM Cornwell, born in Poole, in the English region of Dorsetshire, in 1931, John Le Carré taught at the University of Eton, before becoming a British Foreign Office official and being recruited by MI5 and then by MI6.
From his experience in the secret services, John Le Carré was inspired to create the character of George Smiley, the legendary protagonist of many of his novels. The debut was with ‘Call for the dead’, then came ‘Un delitto di classe’.
But it was his third literary effort, ‘The spy who came from the cold’, released in 1964, that give him global fame. Over 20 million copies sold worldwide, the story tells of Alec Leamas, a British agent transferred to East Germany.
With the end of the Cold War in 1991, Le Carré ridiculed the excesses of the new world order built on the ruins of the Berlin Wall in his works: mafia, arms and drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism.
These were the years of ‘The tailor of Panama’ and ‘The tenacious gardener’, which also landed in the cinema, which denounces the abuses of pharmaceutical multinationals in Kenya. ‘Our typical traitor’ and ‘A delicate truth’ by John Le Carré, draw a fierce satire of the masters of the world and the maneuvers constructed in the salons of embassies, ministries and banks.
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