The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
|Author||John le Carré|
|Published||September 1963 Victor Gollancz & Pan|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|Pages||256 pages (Hardback edition) & |
240 pages (Paperback edition)
|ISBN||0-575-00149-6 (Hardback edition) & |
ISBN 0-330-20107-7 (Paperback edition)
|Preceded by||A Murder of Quality|
|Followed by||The Looking-Glass War|
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1963 Cold War spy novel by the British author John le Carré. Alec Leamas is a British agent. He is sent to East Germany as a part of trick to spread lies and confusion about a powerful East German spy. In 1965 Martin Ritt directed the movie of the novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, with Richard Burton as Leamas.
Characters[change | change source]
- Alec Leamas: A British field agent in charge of spying in East Germany.
- Hans-Dieter Mundt: Leader of the East German Secret Service, the Abteilung.
- Fiedler: East German spy, and Mundt's deputy.
- Liz Gold: English librarian and member of the Communist Party.
- Control: Head of The Circus
- George Smiley: British spy
- Peter Guillam: British spy.
- Karl Riemeck: East German bureaucrat and British spy
Awards and nominations[change | change source]
- 1963 Gold Dagger award from the Crime Writers' Association for "Best Crime Novel"
- 1965 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for "Best Mystery Novel"
- 1966 Edgar Award, "Best Motion Picture Screenplay", Screenwriters Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper changed the story of the book into the 1965 screenplay.
- 2005 "Dagger of Daggers" a one-time award given to the Golden Dagger winner on the fiftieth anniversary of the Dagger Awards, for the best of the fifty winners
Other websites[change | change source]
- Le Carré describes how he came to write the book (in an article published in The Guardian newspaper (April 2013) on the novel's 50th anniversary): "After a decade in the intelligence service, John le Carré's political disgust and personal confusion 'exploded' in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."
- "Telecamera Spia". Retrieved Saturday, 29 October 2016