On October 19, John Le Carre would be 90 years old. The most acclaimed spy novel writer of all time, born by the name of David John Moore Cornwall in the county of Dorset, England, he is, almost a year after his death, once again making headlines. His own son, Nick, called his latest book, ‘Silverview‘as’ tense, forensic, lyrical ‘and, judging from the British critics’ comments, is a very apt description. This posthumous work, which according to the publisher Viking, tells the “fascinating story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morality”, and in which Le
Carré «seeks to answer the question of what we owe to the people we love«, according to The Guardian “crisp prose and precisely crafted plot” as well as offers “the heady feeling of an inside track in a gloomy world” in which “all your usual pleasures are here”, and which unfolds with “a rhythm and a maximum stress ».
This “giant of English literature,” as his literary agent called him, Jonny geller, in the statement with which he announced his death, in December of last year, imagined a story whose protagonist, Julian Lawndsley, 32, leaves city life to run a bookstore in a quiet area facing the sea. A few months after his change of course, a Polish immigrant who lives in a house on the outskirts of the coastal city suddenly appears in his life and the bookseller ends up involved in a plot, how could it be otherwise, of espionage . Geller, who was also a close friend of the writer, explained at the time that the author had started the book several years ago but resumed it only a few months before he died. As the backdrop to this novel, the 26th of an author who continues to create true passion among his followers, is the geopolitical history of the twentieth century, in which there is also a place for comedy, in the particular tone that the author dominated The perfection. Poland, Palestine, Yugoslavia, the Cold War, the Middle East … All historical moments intertwined with the experiences of some protagonists who could be any of us or even himself, since as he wrote in his memoirs, “I invent versions of myself.” As an outstanding note, there is the fact that in the typically masculine universe of Le Carré, female characters of great relevance appear.
The good news is that, according to his agent, after the author’s death a lot of material was found that will presumably be used for future projects, although it was necessary first to give place to this “classic Le Carré: elegant, beautifully done, with many twists” , which is also, according to his family, the last complete unpublished book what’s left of him. “The ability of Le Carré to inhabit the deepest corners of the lives of his characters is shown once again in his new novel”, published the Financial Times, which considers that the writer takes the opportunity to make a mixture of his most relevant titles although in a contemporary atmosphere. “The modern world of espionage that Le Carré contemplates here is presented as a much less Manichean place” than that of the Cold War, a time in which many of his works are set. ‘The spy that emerged from the cold‘, the third of the novels he wrote, published in 1963 and which was the one that catapulted him to fame and the one that made him dedicate himself full time to literature, is recognized as one of the great novels of the 20th century. In addition, a dozen of them have been brought to the big screen. After such a powerful trajectory, this is, for critics, an ideal conclusion to a career that began as that of a spy who told like no other his own stories reconstructed through paper characters, protagonists of a genre reinvented by this Englishman universal.