The spy who came in from the cold by John Le Carré

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John Le Carré is a famous author of spy story novels set in the period from the second world war to the period of cold war. If one does not know about the author, maybe it’s better to recall the movies inspired by his stories:from the most recent adaptation is Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy to the older movies.

Since some months ago I was not interested in this kind of fiction (both movies and books), then I saw Thinker Taylor Soldier Spy, and I liked it A LOT, and then let’s come to the novels: the novels are stand alone but linked by some characters in common (like George Smiley), so I decided to begin with one among the first written by Le Carré: The spy who came in from the cold.

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[ARC] EXPO 58 by Jonathan Coe

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Here, for the next six months, would be thrown together all the nations whose complex relationships, whose conflicts and alliances, whose fraught, tangled histories had shaped and would continue to shape the destiny of mankind. And this brilliant folly was at the heart of it: a gigantic latticework of spheres, interconnected, imperishable, each one emblematic of that tiny mysterious unit which man had so recently learned how to divide, with consequences both alarming and wonderful: the atom. The very sight of it set his heart pounding.

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