The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Author John le Carré
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series George Smiley
Genre Spy novel
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]

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