A Perfect Spy

by John le Carré

Series: Penguin Modern Classics

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  • 9780241322482
  • 9780241322499

'The best English novel since the war' Philip Roth

Magnus Pym - ranking diplomat, consummate Englishman, loving husband, secret agent - has vanished. Has he defected? Gone to ground? As the hunt for Pym intensifies, the secrets of his life are revealed: the people he has loved and betrayed, the unreliable con-man father who made him, the two mentors who moulded and shaped him, and now wish to claim this perfect spy as their own.

Described by le Carré as his most autobiographical novel, A Perfect Spy is a devastating portrayal of a man who has played different roles for so long, he no longer knows who he is.

'Le Carré understood that espionage is an extreme version of the human comedy, even the human tragedy. A Perfect Spy will very likely remain his greatest book' New Yorker


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  • 9780241322482
  • 9780241322499

In The Press

One of the finest English novels of the twentieth century


About The Author

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Berne and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780241322482
  • 9780241322499