British spy-turned-novelist John Le Carré has died from pneumonia at the age of 89 on Saturday night in Cornwall, England. The Graceful and intricate narratives admired the Cold War espionage thriller and brought praise to a genre critics that once overlooked. His several works turned into films including The Constant Gardener, Tailor, The Tailor of Panama and Tinker, Spy, Soldier, while “The Night Manager” became a successful BBC television series.
Jonny Geller described Le Carré as an “undisputed giant of English literature” who “defined the Cold War era and fearlessly spoke truth to power”. Moreover, he stated that “We will not see his like again”.
Mr Geller further said John Le Carré expressed the novelist almost for 15 years and his birth name was David Cornwell. Further said that “His loss will remain in each book-lover’s heart, every person who has interest in the human condition.”
The family of David Cornwell confirmed with great sadness that he passed away from pneumonia after a little fight with illness, and it was not COVID-19 death.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 13, 2020
A Distinctive and Enchanting Personality
Stephen King, paying tribute to Carré, stated that this awful year had claimed a literary giant and a humanitarian spirit.
Robert Harris, a historical fiction writer, said he was “one of the great post-war British novelists” and “an unforgettable, unique character”.
Author Margaret Atwood paying tribute stated that the Smiley novels were a solution to understand the mid-20th century.
Le Carré wrote his first three books while working for the UK’s MI5 and MI6. He became a full-time author in 1963, after capturing the global scene with his 3rd novel, “The Spy Who Came in From The Cold”. Le Carré amazed that how reliable people found the book. The British government reviewed the book and approved it as “sheer fiction from start to finish,” hence not a security breach.
Le Carré , a Creative and Highly Successful Author
David Cornwell studied at the University of Bern, and then at Oxford before entering a career in undercover intelligence.
Moreover, he joined the Foreign Office initially based at the British Embassy in Bonn after teaching in Eaton for two years. There he also worked in the Intelligence Records Department, giving him accessibility to files with awareness on the work of the Secret Service. The spy career of Carré ended in 1964 after his name given to the Soviet Union by a double agent.
Two things are clear about Le Carré being a creative and highly successful author. First of all, his novels were very opposite to James Bond’s racy and magic world as Ian Fleming has shown. Secondly, he has a remarkably long lifespan.
John Le Carré leaves behind his wife, four sons, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.