John Le Carey, a gooey novelist, whose elegant and intricate narratives defined the Cold War action thriller and brought praise to a genre that was once ignored by critics. He is 89 years old.
Curtis Brown, Le Car’s literary organization, said Sunday that the author died of a minor illness Saturday in Cornwall, southwest England. Death is not related to COVID-19.
In classics like Spy Who from Cold, Tinker Tyler Soldier Spy And Honorary school student, Le Care combined ters but lyrical passages with the expected complexity in literary fiction. His books deal with betrayal, moral compromise and the psychological damage of a secret life. In Silent, Attentive Spymaster George Smiley, he created one of the iconic characters of 20th century fiction – the good guy at the heart of the deceptive web.
For Le Carey, the world of Go ion action is “a metaphor for the human condition.”
Le Carr, born David Cornwell, worked for Britain’s intelligence service before turning his experience into fiction. Tinker Tyler Soldier Spy And Spy Who from Cold.
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“I’m not part of the literary bureaucracy if you like: romantic, thriller, stately,” Le Carr told the Associated Press in 2008. “I want to write what I want and go with the characters. I don not declare it as a thriller or fun.
“I think these are all very silly things. It’s very easy for booksellers and critics, but I do not buy that classification. I mean, what? The story of two towns? – Thriller? “
There are other works of his Smiley People, House of Russia And, in 2017, smiley goodbye, A Legacy of Spice. Many novels have been adapted for film and television, especially 1965 productions Smiley People And Tinker Tyler Soldier Spy, Showing Alec Guinness as a smiley.
Ian Fleming’s opposition to James Bond
His first three novels were written when he was a goo chari and his owners were required to publish him under a pseudonym. He has been “Le Carey” throughout his career. He chose the name – square in French – because he liked the vaguely mysterious, European sound.
Call for the dead Appeared in 1961 and A Murder of Quality In 1962. Then came 1963 Spy Who from Cold, The story of an agent who had to undergo a final, risky operation in divided Berlin. This is one of the author’s recurring themes – the ambiguity of the moral lines that are part and parcel of the Go ion action and the difficulty in distinguishing good people from bad.
Le Carey said it was written in the dark places of the Cold War after he and his colleagues built the Berlin Wall, fearing a nuclear war was imminent.
“So I wrote a book with so much heat, it’s a plague on your homes,” Le Carr told the BBC in 2000.
It was immediately hailed as a classic and allowed him to leave the intelligence service to become a full-time writer.
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His life descriptions of the clubby, gabby, morally damaged world of “The Circus” – the code-name of the books for MI6 – have received critical acclaim for the antithesis of Ian Fleming’s sensitive action-hero James Bond and Le Carey ‘s avoidance of Fleming.
Smiley appeared in Le Carey’s first two novels and in the trilogy Tinker Tyler Soldier Spy, Honorary school student And Smiley People.
John Bingham, an MI5 agent who wrote spy thrillers and promoted Le Carr’s literary career, and Vivian Green, a religious historian at Oxford University, said, “This character has become my confession and godfather.” More than 20 novels have touched on the vicious realities of Spycraft, but Le Carr has always had a kind of aristocracy in the profession. He says that in his day, gooey souls saw themselves as “summoned by a priest to tell the truth.”
“We did not shape or mold it. We are there to speak the truth with authority.”
The Perfect Spy, His most autobiographical book, looks at the formation of a gooey character in the role of Magnus Pim, who bears his own resemblance to his boy criminal father and unstable foster Le Carey.
His writing continued uninterrupted after the end of the Cold War and after the change of front lines of the Guion action wars.
Le Carey said the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 had brought relief. “For me, it’s so wonderful, I’m sick of the Cold War. The cheapest joke is, ‘Poor old lay car, he’s run out of material; they have removed his wall.’
“The gossip story has to pack its bags and go where the action is.”
Although he accepted Germany’s Goethe Medal in 2011 – Le Carr reportedly refused the honor from Queen Elizabeth – and said his books should not be considered for literary prizes.