De laatste spion John le Carré

ISBN: 9789021802121

Published: 1991

Paperback

335 pages


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De laatste spion  by  John le Carré

De laatste spion by John le Carré
1991 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 335 pages | ISBN: 9789021802121 | 8.61 Mb

The phrase invisible writing kept entering my mind as I read le Carrés last Smiley novel, which consists mostly of a spy named Ned, on the verge of retirement, reflecting back on his career. Christopher Hitchens used it in reference to an Anthony Powell passage wondering what George Orwell (Powells friend) would have been like in the Army. Hitchens and I are talking about slightly different things - he calls Powells passage deceptively dense. I would adapt it to mean writing that doesnt draw attention to itself, that tells you exactly what you need to know without pretense or showiness, propelling you forward without you being aware of the mechanisms of that propulsion.Le Carré is a genre writer, but its easy not to notice because hes so much better than so many literary writers.Only our craven legal adviser, Harry Palfrey, seemed as usual to have weathered the changes, and as I entered Burrs shiny executive suite, Palfrey was slipping stealthily out of the other door - but not quite quickly enough, so he treated me to a rhapsodic smile instead.

He had recently grown himself a moustache for greater integrity.*He interrupted his own flow while he looked me over. It was like being studied by a baby.*He was pulling open Frewins file. I say pulling because his doughy hands gave no impression of having done anything before: now we are going to see how this file opens- now we are going to address ourselves to this strange object called a pencil.



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