British spy-turned-novelist John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dies aged 89
“It is with great sadness that I must share the news that David Cornwell, known to the world as John le Carré, passed away after a short illness (not COVID-19 related) in Cornwall on Saturday evening, 12th December, 2020,” the author's literary agent said in a statement.
Born David John Moore Cornwell on October 19, 1931, he received a seemingly standard upper-middle class education, from private school to a degree in modern languages at Oxford University, then teaching at Eton before joining the foreign service.
However, while officially a diplomat, he in fact was an operative with the domestic intelligence service MI5, and then joined the MI6 foreign service in Germany. He wrote his first novels while still a spy, so had to publish them under the pseudonym ‘le Carré’, which he kept for his entire career.
“By repetition, each lie becomes an irreversible fact upon which other lies are constructed.” John Le Carré, you were not only a great writer, but a visionary. Enjoy your new home #Rippic.twitter.com/8L1FWEPhkD— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) December 13, 2020
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