Veteran Spy Novelist John Le Carré Takes On Brexit in His Latest

The foremost spy novelist in English, John Le Carré, (nom de plume for David Cornwell), is still writing at 88, and this time he's using his brisk dialogue and careful plotting to remark on current events, chiefly "the sheer bloody lunacy of Brexit."  All the good guys in Agent Running in the Field hate Brexit ("the most important decision facing Britain since 1939"), along with hating the never-named and "pig-ignorant" Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, and all that threatens the rule of the European Union.  One of the novel's heroes rails against Trump as '"Putin's s---house cleaner," doing everything "that little Vladi can't do for himself: pisses on European unity, pisses on human rights, pisses on NATO.'"  It's been said that Le Carré's constant theme has been betrayal.  In Agent, Le Carré makes clear that he thinks...(Read Full Article)
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