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Title John le Carré and the Cold War / Toby Manning.
Author Manning, Toby, author.
Publication London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018.
Copyright date ©2018
Description viii, 239 pages ; 25 cm
Call # 823 LE CARRE M
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-219) and index.
Contents Introduction: "a nation's political health": le Carré and Cold-War Britain -- Alarm call: the communist threat and call for the dead -- "Breeze blocks and barbed wire": the Berlin Wall and The spy who came in from the cold -- "Looking at his own reflection": the establishment and The looking glass war -- "Holding the world together": Tinker tailor soldier spy -- "All one vanishing world": The honourable schoolboy -- "It was a man": Smiley's people -- Conclusion: "man not the mass."
Summary John le Carre and the Cold War explores the historical contexts and political implications of le Carre's major Cold-War novels. The first in-depth study of le Carre this century, this book analyses his work in light of key topics in 20th-century history, including containment of Communism, decolonization, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban missile crisis, the Cambridge spy-ring, the Vietnam War, the 70s oil crisis and Thatcherism. Examining The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974), Smiley's People (1979) and other novels, this book offers an illuminating picture of Cold-War Britain, while situating le Carre's work alongside that of George Orwell, Graham Greene and Ian Fleming. Providing a valuable contribution to contemporary understandings of both British spy fiction and post-war fiction, Toby Manning challenges the critical consensus to reveal a considerably less radical writer than is conventionally presented.-- Back cover.
Subject Le Carré, John, 1931-2020 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Le Carré, John, 1931- (OCoLC)fst00039850
Cold War in literature.
Espionage in literature.
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth II, 1952- -- In literature.
Smiley, George (Fictitious character)
Spy stories, English -- History and criticism.
Cold War (1945-1989) in literature. (OCoLC)fst00866988
Espionage in literature. (OCoLC)fst00915386
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9781350122161 (paperback)
9781350036390 hardcover

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