John Le Carré: Our Game (3282 words)


The “game” in John le Carré’s Our Game (1995) is not only espionage enmeshed in global politics, but also the game of one-upmanship between the novel’s narrator, Timothy D’Abell (Tim) Cranmer, a cautious, somewhat fainthearted desk agent, and Cranmer’s recruit and long-term field agent, Lawrence (Larry) Pettifer, the ultimate romantic. The two spies have played games with, and against, each other throughout their professional careers and their personal lives with varying degrees of deception. Our Game interlocks two betrayals: geopolitical treatment of the Caucasus nations by the Russian state and the accompanying neglect or tepid response by Western nations, and Larry&…

Citation: Beene, LynnDianne. "Our Game". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2021 [, accessed 09 August 2022.]

2944 Our Game 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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