In a conversation to an American television news channel, Jonny Geller, CEO of literary agency The Curtis Brown Group said, “I represented David for almost 15 years. I have lost a mentor, an inspiration and most importantly, a friend. We will not see his like again.” Furthermore, he described le Carré as the “undisputed Giant of English literature.”
It was le Carré who changed the conventional image of the modern British spy as suave, urbane, devoted to queen and country. He overturned this notion with books that portrayed British intelligence operations as ambiguous in which right and wrong are too difficult to be defined. His spies are plump, ill-dressed, unhappy, disillusioned, yet brilliant.
le Carré’s own experience as a British intelligence officer along with his thorough field research as a writer, made his novels authentic and accurate. “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” the 1963 novels by him was called “the best spy story I have ever read,” by Graham Greene, one of the leading novelists of the 20th century.
le Carré, whose real name was David Cornwell, wrote 25 novels and a memoir in a career spanning roughyl 60 years. His novels were set in far off places like Rwanda, Chechnya, Turkey, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. The topics that he addressed in them are tremendously diverse and include the power of pharmaceutical companies, the Arab-Israeli conflict and American and British human-rights shortcomings in countering terrorism.
John le Carre’s last novel ‘Agent Running in the Field’ was released in October 2019.