Beyond the Cold War. Remembering John le Carré, a towering figure of literature and a friend. Times Literary Supplement, 24.12.2020

By Federico Varese

John le Carré’s death earlier this month left me stunned. We had been in touch recently and we were planning to meet soon to discuss a television series on how the world of espionage in Russia has changed since the end of the Cold War. I knew of his health problems, but nothing foreshadowed what happened on the night of Saturday December 12. For me David Cornwell (the writer’s real name) was a constant and necessary presence, a person who inspired and guided many of my choices. David was a model of fairness, kindness, integrity and intelligence that I tried, with my limited strength, to emulate.

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