John Le Carré
For those of you who may not have seen the news, one of the brightest literary lights of the twentieth century passed away on Saturday Dec 12, 2020. He was born David Cornwell, but the world knew him as John le Carré. He was 89. His works include The Spy Who Came in From The Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Russia House, all of which defined the cold war period between the USSR and the United States and Great Britain. His work crossed the lines between genre and literary fiction and he will forever be remembered as the creator of the iconic British spy named George Smiley . . . “a decent man at the heart of a web of deceit.” The MBR mourns his passing.