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John le Carré’s post-Cold War vision is shot through with a sense of longing

The historical era that defined the master writer may be long gone, but something deeply compelling remains in his work

By Jay Elwes   Winter Special

The question that hangs over John le Carré is whether what he writes still matters. This is the author who brilliantly savaged Britain’s deluded ruling class, as the country sank into its post-war decline, and who expressed more clearly than anyone the moral ambiguities of the Cold War. But the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago now. Where does that leave him?

He can still write, that’s…

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