John le Carré Essay - John le Carré Long Fiction Analysis

John le Carré Long Fiction Analysis

In his first novel, Call for the Dead (which took second place in the Crime Writers Association Awards for 1961), John le Carré introduced George Smiley, not only his most important character but also one of the most fascinating and complex characters in the world of fictional espionage. In the very first chapter of the novel, aptly titled “A Brief History of George Smiley,” the reader is offered more information about Smiley than is provided in any other novel in which he appears.

Call for the Dead

Cast in the form of a detective story, even though the theme—the control of Samuel Fennan, a British Foreign Service official, by East Germany—is one of international intrigue and...

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