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Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell (J.B. Priestley)

The best spy story I have ever read (Graham Greene)

The master storyteller ... has lost none of his cunning (A. N. Wilson)

I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be. (Malcolm Gladwell)

One of those very rare novels that changes the way you look at the world. Unflinching, highly sophisticated, superb. (William Boyd)

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From the master of spy thrillers, John Le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold is a gripping story of love and betrayal at the height of the Cold War. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by the author and an introduction by William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart. Alex Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. He has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas's mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done. 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. John le Carré (b. 1931) was educated at the University of Berne and at Lincoln College, Oxford. From 1959 to 1964 he was a member of the British Foreign Service, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and has since published twenty-one titles, including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), The Tailor of Panama (1996) and The Constant Gardener (2001). If you enjoyed The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, you might like le Carré's The Looking Glass War, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A portrait of a man who has lived by lies and subterfuge for so long, he's forgotten how to tell the truth' Time 'He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale' Sunday Times


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  • Broché: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics (29 juillet 2010)
  • Collection : MC FICTION (ENG
  • Langue : Français
  • ISBN-10: 0141194529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141194523
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 1,7 x 19,8 cm
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Gwen COMMENTATEUR N° 11ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR sur 14 juillet 2011
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Lorsqu'au début des années 60 un jeune fonctionnaire du Foreign Office nommé David Cornwell prit sa plus belle plume pour se lancer en littérature, qui aurait pu se douter qu'il allait en quelques livres révolutionner le roman d'espionnage et s'imposer comme l'un des auteurs majeurs de sa génération? Et pourtant... Ce jeune diplomate, c'était bien sûr l'immense John Le Carré, ce Conrad des temps modernes qui depuis un demi-siècle nous régale de son talent unique et nous éclaire de sa lumineuse intelligence. Ah, le passionnant écrivain que voilà! Quelle oeuvre puissante que la sienne! Quelle ampleur dans son style! Quelle richesse dans son propos! "Certes, certes", me direz-vous peut-être, "ce cher John est sans conteste un romancier intéressant et l'une des voix les plus pertinentes de la littérature contemporaine, mais tout de même, le comparer à Joseph Conrad, n'est-ce pas pousser le compliment un peu loin?" Eh bien, voyez-vous, je ne crois pas! Il me semble en effet que l'un et l'autre poursuivent dans leurs livres respectifs la même haute ambition: explorer les ténèbres que porte en lui chaque homme, et cela en prenant pour toile de fond l'univers qui leur est le plus familier: celui de la mer et des marins pour Conrad, celui de l'espionnage et de sa faune interlope pour Le Carré.Lire la suite ›
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Alfred J. Kwak sur 13 février 2010
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This classic became a worldwide bestseller and was turned into a successful movie starring Richard Burton as the British spy Alec Leamas (AL). It also enabled John Le Carré (JLC) to say farewell to the British Foreign Office and devote himself full time to writing. First published in 1963, this book has not really aged. JLC's books are about what Americans call HUMINT (human intelligence), characters living under cover, determined to go unnoticed. In contrast to Ian Fleming's creation James Bond, JLC's heroes attach little importance to technology. For them no high living, casinos, amazing gadgets or crazy men planning to rule the world or steal the gold from Fort Knox. With one exception (A Murder of Quality), in the novels from the 1960s and 1970s the Cold War is the backdrop and the Russians and their satellites, the enemy.
AL has been the Circus West Berlin man for ten years, when his networks in East Germany are destroyed one by one by Mundt, who has quickly risen inEast Berlin's intelligence apparatus after killing two of his own agents in London and managing to escape from the UK. Empty-handed, AL returns to London, where he is shelved in the Circus' Banking section. This is the beginning of his life spiralling downward, or is he being brought back into play? Where people work with people, mistakes are made. AL meets the assistant librarian Liz, who has been a Communist party member since 1954, and decides not to involve her in the legend being created around his person by Control and his staff, amongst whom George Smiley. The Circus is unaware of their affair...
Superlative writing, great characters, mounting tension, unexpected turns in the plot and a dramatic and cynical finale. It is a recipe for compulsive reading. JLC's oeuvre is eminently re-readable. Masterpiece.
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Par Ray sur 25 mai 2014
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Excellent livre, véritable catharsis du monde des services secret, dans lequel un homme ne compte pas, ni la fraternité d'armes.
A faire lire aux jeunes esprits rêvant de devenir espions...afin de leur faire sentir la voie miséreuse sur laquelle ils pourraient s'engager.
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Among my favorite british crime novels of all time 30 juillet 2014
Par Jan Heart - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are two impressive British spy fiction novels I count as the best: Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love (James Bond) and Desmond Cory's Dead Man Falling. Each are classics in their own right, and one more I would add to the list is John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

It's my favourite espionage thriller from John le Carre and also a fine example of how to pull off a multitude of double crosses, keeping the reader often quite perplexed. Unlike Fleming's novels there is no pretence of glamour, and like Cory, there is little righteousness in the spying game.

Le Carre writes very starkly at times in this novel, adding a certain harshness that mirrors the ethical ambiguity at the heart of the book.

This is a world away from the girls, gadgets, and gorgeous locations of Flemings books, yet it is better off for it. It is extremely well thought out and the story works well. I found it a very satisfying read..
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Baby, it's cold outside 30 mars 2004
Par Andrew McCaffrey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What is to be said about John Le Carré's THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD? It's shockingly entertaining, it's genuinely unpredictable, and it doesn't offer up a cheap get-out-of-jail-free ending. The characters are cursory without being shallow, the plot moves with amazing speed, and the action keeps bouncing along. In short, this is pretty much the perfect spy novel. As engrossing as it is realistic, and as absorbing as it is intriguing.
SPY is a book based almost entirely around its plot, and while I usually give a storyline summary in my reviews, I don't think I'll be doing that this time. You see, the novel relies so much upon its double-crosses and back-stabbings that even the parts in the beginning (which are usually fair game for reviewers to spoil) can be puzzling and fun to follow. Every part of the story is interesting. Where other novels would still be setting up the premise, SPY has already started playing the game.
Apart from the deviously clever plot, there is one additional thing I want to single out for praise -- the relationship that takes place between two of the main characters. On paper, it's a fairly standard idea: an older male spy paired with a younger, idealistic, innocent woman. But in execution it's a very nicely unstated bit of romance. It felt real, in part because Le Carré didn't beat us over the head with the details, merely sketched in the broader strokes and let the reader's imagination do the rest.
SPY isn't a story where the characters trade artificially witty banter in between their death-defying action sequences. The protagonist spends most of the book tired, battered and confused. It can be a mystery at times guessing whether he really knows what's going on, whether he is the chess-player or the pawn. When one of the book's villains tries to engage him in a verbal battle over whose society and philosophy is the superior, he can only grumble and offer insults in reply. It's this sort of likable realism that makes the book the success that it is. At the time he wrote this, Le Carré had already joined and left Her Majesty's Secret Service, so I can't help but wonder if the plot, which seems intricate and elaborate in a fictional context, was actually a straightforward retelling of a standard spy-game.
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A Brilliant Spy Novel From A Master Craftsman! 26 novembre 2003
Par Jana L. Perskie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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John Le Carre's disillusioned, cynical and spellbinding spy novels are so unique because they are based on a wide knowledge of international espionage. Le Carre, (pen name for David John Moore Cornwell), acquired this knowledge firsthand during his years as an operations agent for the British M15. Kim Philby, the infamous defector, actually gave Le Carre's name to the Russians. The author's professional experience and his tremendous talent as a master storyteller and superb writer make "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" one of the most brilliant novels I have read about spying and the Cold War. Graham Greene certainly agreed with me, or I with him, when he remarked that it is the best spy story he had ever read. The novel won Le Carré the Somerset Maugham Award.
The novel's anti-hero, Alec Leamas, is the antithesis of the glamorous action-hero spy, James Bond. A successful espionage agent for the British during WWII, Leamus continued on with counter-intelligence operations after the war, finding it difficult to adjust to life in peacetime. He eventually became the head of Britain's Berlin Bureau at the height of the Cold War. Leamus, slowly going to seed, drinking too much, world weary, had been losing his German double agents, one by one, to East German Abteilung assassins. Finally, with the loss of his best spy, Karl Riemeck, Leamus has no agents left. His anguish at Riemeck's death is palpable. He has begun to tire of the whole spy game, as his boss at Cambridge Circus, (British Intelligence), seems to understand.
Leamus is called back to London, but instead of being eased out of operations, called "coming in from the Cold," or retiring completely, he is asked to accept one last, dangerous assignment. "Control," the man Leamus reports to, asks him if he is up to "taking-out" Hans Dieter Mundt, a top East German operations agent and the man responsible for the deaths of Leamus' agents. The ploy is elaborate, and if successful, it will conclude with Mundt's own men killing him. With much planning Leamus convincingly changes his lifestyle and sets himself up as bait as a potential defector to the Eastern Block countries. As Leamus works efficiently toward his goal, two unexpected problems come-up - problems that he is unaware of until much later, when it is almost too late to resolve them. First, he falls in love with a young woman, a member of the Communist Party, who was supposed to be part of his cover, nothing more. And second, Control and the Circus have embedded plots within plots to further their end, which they don't see fit to reveal to Leamus - now operating in the dark. Le Carre portrays spying as a dirty game of acting, betrayal, lying, excruciating tension, and assumed identities. The espionage methods of East and West are the same. The only difference is their economic ideologies. There is a seemingly endless game of chess between the superpowers, and spies are as expendable as pawns.
This is a short novel, 219 pages, and very tightly written. However there is much packed into this bleak tale of the espionage business. The story has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. And the ride is well worth it!
JANA
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The definitive Cold War espionage novel 6 décembre 1999
Par Doug Vaughn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
This book defined a genre. From the elegance of the language, to the betrayal and harsh brutality of the plot's finale, this novel set the standard against which all other espionage fiction of the Cold War would be judged. Whatever the truth of the matter, Le Carre's fiction created a world which is so real that subsequent spy novels departed from its parameters at their peril.
The story at the heart of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold implicates all sides in the struggle in a hypocritical conspiriacy of betrayal and disloyalty. The message seems to be that no good deed goes unpunished and that things certainly are not what they seem.
A truely great book, with characters one cares for and a deftly plotted story that both surprises and distresses the reader. The message of the book is not a pleasant one, but then the reality of Cold War espionage was not pleasant either.
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The Wall as Theater 19 janvier 2012
Par The Ginger Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I recently reread this book and was struck by how perfectly Le Carre's writing style matches the bleak atmosphere of the novel. The hero of the tale, Alex Leamas, embodies the loneliness and personal confusion the author felt at the time. Writing this masterpiece of espionage in just 5 weeks became a source of solace for Le Carre. "By telling an ingenious tale," he says, "I was making some kind of bitter order of my own chaos." The result was a book that ended a life of writing obscurity and began a long period in which the publication of a new book by the author became an event in the publishing world.

As the quotidian reality of the Cold War years vanishes generationally into the past, documents like this provide grim reminders of the atmosphere that prevailed at that time. Le Carre was inspired to write The Spy Who Came in from the Cold while working in the British Embassy in the shadow of the newly constructed Berlin Wall. It was, says the author, "perfect theater as well as a perfect symbol for the monstrosity of ideology gone mad." The Wall, according to Le Carre, made the espionage industry more clandestine, perilous, questionable and over-crowded than ever before. It is more a character than a bit of scenery in the novel, making its appearance in the first and last chapters.

In addition to providing expert Cold War atmosphere, the book has strong characters and an ingenious, twisting plot. British agent Leamas is left out in the cold to entrap East German Head of Security Hans Dieter Mundt. The chess match between these two is compelling to watch. Inclusion of Deputy Security Chief Fiedler as well as Leamas' love interest, Liz, increases both the stakes and the complexity of the game. Le Carre's tale demonstrates how emotional and intellectual powers are the true attributes of an agent rather than the physical histrionics that are exhibited by cinematic practitioners of espionage.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a taut morality tale which utilizes a palette of grays to paint its characters. It freezes a moment in time which should be remembered as a cautionary tale. Graham Greene, himself a master in the field, called it "the best spy story I have ever read." Many more espionage novels have been written since Greene said this, but I'm not sure any have surpassed Le Carre's iconic effort.
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