To mark the 50th Anniversary, Penguin have released a beautiful special edition featuring archival material and a special cover design.
In le Carré’s breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.
It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alex Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.
Leamas is recalled to London – where, to his surprise, he’s offered a chance at revenge. But to get it, he may have to stay out in the cold a little longer…
“The best spy story I have ever read”
“A topical and terrible story… he can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale. Formidable equipment for a rare and disturbing writer”
The Sunday Times
“Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell”
This 50th anniversary special edition features a wealth of original archival material, much of it from le Carré’s own files, and from the making of the original 1965 film adaptation.