Le Tunnel aux pigeons Histoires de ma vie
" Du monde secret que j'ai connu jadis, j'ai essayé de faire un théâtre pour les autres mondes que nous habitons. D'abord vient l'imaginaire, puis la quête du réel. Et ensuite retour à l'imaginaire, et au bureau devant lequel je suis assis à cet instant. " John le Carré Depuis ses années de service dans le renseignement britannique pendant la Guerre froide jusqu'à une carrière d'écrivain qui l'emmena du Cambodge en guerre à Beyrouth après l'invasion israélienne de 1982, en passant par la Russie avant et après la chute du mur de Berlin, John le Carré s'est toujours placé au cœur de notre histoire contemporaine. Dans ce livre de mémoires inédits, il relate d'une plume aussi incisive que drolatique et avec la subtilité morale qui caractérise ses romans les événements dont il fut le témoin. Qu'il décrive le perroquet d'un hôtel de Beyrouth imitant à la perfection le crépitement des mitraillettes ou les premières notes de la Cinquième de Beethoven, sa découverte des charniers du génocide rwandais, son réveillon du Nouvel An 1982 avec Yasser Arafat, la sagesse du génial physicien Andreï Sakharov, sa rencontre avec deux anciens chefs du KGB ou avec l'humanitaire française qui lui inspira l'héroïne de La Constance du jardinier, son regard est souvent caustique, toujours pénétrant. Mais surtout John le Carré nous dévoile son parcours d'écrivain sur plus de six décennies et sa quête infatigable de l'étincelle humaine qui a insufflé tant de vie et de cœur à ses personnages de fiction. John le Carré, né en 1931, a étudié aux universités de Berne et d'Oxford, enseigné à Eton, et a été membre du service du renseignement britannique pendant la Guerre froide. Il se consacre à l'écriture depuis plus de soixante ans et partage sa vie entre Londres et la Cornouailles. Traduit de l'anglais (Grande-Bretagne) par Isabelle Perrin Isabelle Perrin, que tout destinait à une sage carrière universitaire, contracte le virus de la traduction littéraire auprès de sa mère Mimi. Les incurables duettistes cosigneront plus de trente traductions, dont tous les romans de John le Carré depuis La Maison Russie.
The Constant Gardener
Frightening, heartbreaking and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré’s new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African novel and travelling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died. On his way he meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love. THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a profoundly moving story of a man ennobled by tragedy, and a magnificent exploration of the dark side of unbridled capitalism by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. It takes its place effortlessly among the very best of le Carré’s work.
The Russia House
Barley Blair is not a Service man: he is a small-time publisher, a self-destructive soul whose only loves are whisky and jazz. But it was Barley who, one drunken night at a dacha in Peredelkino during the Moscow Book Fair, was befriended by a high-ranking Soviet scientist who could be the greatest asset to the West since perestroika began, and made a promise. Nearly a year later, his drunken promise returns to haunt him. A reluctant Barley is quickly trained by British Intelligence and sent to Moscow to liaise with a go-between, the beautiful Katya. Both are lonely and disillusioned. Each is increasingly certain that if the human race is to have any future, all must betray their countries ... In his first post-glasnost spy novel, le Carré captures the effect of a slow and uncertain thaw on ordinary people and on the shadowy puppet-masters who command them. Contains a foreword and afterword by the author.
Absolute Friends is a superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our times, almost of our hours. The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, British soldier’s son born in 1947 in a shining new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, a refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West. The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late Sixties, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today’s unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies. Absolute Friends presents us with magical writing, characters to delight, and a spellbinding story that enchants even as it challenges.
A Legacy of Spies
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carré has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.
A Small Town in Germany
West Germany, a simmering cauldron of radical protests, has produced a new danger to Britain: Karfeld, menacing leader of the opposition. At the same time Leo Harting, a Second Secretary in the British Embassy, has gone missing - along with more than forty Confidential embassy files. Alan Turner of the Foreign Office must travel to Bonn to recover them, facing riots, Nazi secrets and the delicate machinations of an unstable Europe in the throes of the Cold War. As Turner gets closer to the truth of Harting's disappearance, he will discover that the face of International relations - and the attentions of the British Ministry itself - is uglier that he could possibly have imagined.
A corporate lawyer from the House of Single & Single is shot dead in cold blood on a Turkish hillside for crimes that he does not understand. A children’s entertainer in Devon is hauled to his local bank late at night to explain a monumental influx of cash. A Russian freighter is arrested in the Black Sea. A celebrated London financier has disappeared into thin air. A British customs officer is on a trail of corruption and murder. The logical connection of these events is one of the many pleasures of this extraordinary new novel of love, deceit, family and the triumph of humanity. On le Carré’s roller-coaster, we hurtle from a seaside haven in Devon through the sophisticated jungle of West End wheeler-dealing, the crime-driven streets of post-Communist Russia to a billionaires’ fastness on the banks of the Bosphorus and a secret paradise in the High Caucasus. But Single & Single is above all a thrilling journey of the contemporary human heart – intimate, magical, riotous and subtly architected, showing us John le Carré at the height of his dramatic and creative powers.
The Na ve and Sentimental Lover
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston John le Carré’s memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, is now available. "I have visited bohemia and got away unscathed." Aldo Cassidy is an entrepreneurial genius. At thirty-nine, he dominates the baby pram market and rewards his success with a custom Bentley. But Aldo’s bourgeois life is upended by a chance encounter with Shamus—a charismatic writer whose first and only novel blazoned across the firmament twenty years earlier. The two develop a passionate friendship that draws Aldo—smitten also with his new friend’s luscious wife—into a life of reckless hedonism that threatens to consume them all. John le Carré’s The Naïve and Sentimental Lover offers a dark and ribald send-up of both middle-class bohemian pretensions that will astonish and delight his many fans. With a foreword by the author.
A Perfect Spy
Magnus Pym, Britain's premier spy, has vanished -- sending intelligence communities on a frenzied international manhunt. As the search plays out, so does a chain of clandestine operations surfacing in Washington, Vienna, Prague, London, and Berlin. But the most powerful drama of all comes from exploring Pym's background -- his education as a spy, and the spectacular motives and mentors who transformed him into a master of guile and deception.
Conversations with John Le Carr
Master spy thriller writer John le Carré talks about his craft, the nature of language, the literature he loves, and the ways his life influences the creation of his novels and his characters in this collection of engaging interviews with George Plimpton, Melvyn Bragg, and other luminaries. Simultaneous.