John Le Carré: The Quest for Karla (2152 words)


In 1982, John le Carré (pseudonym for John David Moore Cornwell) brought together three of his best-selling Cold War novels—Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), The Honorable Schoolboy (1977), and Smiley’s People (1979)—in an omnibus edition published as The Quest for Karla. In the novels, the sometimes reluctant but committed and honourable British spymaster, George Smiley, confronts his Soviet doppelgänger, Karla, as the two spymasters launch and thwart complicated operations designed to compromise the other’s intelligence agency and undermine the political values each spy espouses. Le Carré uses the ongoing confrontations between the two to explore his …

Citation: Beene, LynnDianne. "The Quest for Karla". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2020 [, accessed 22 October 2020.]

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