John Le Carré and the misplaced Stoicism of spies

Alec Guinness in Smiley’s People, perhaps the finest TV series ever

RIP the great John Le Carré, one of the finest British novelists of the last 50 years. Here is an essay I wrote on his spies and their misplaced Stoicism.

The nice thing about having lived in Russia is that everyone assumes you must have been a spy. Acquaintances drop knowing hints about MI6. One relative even claims she heard me sleep-talking one night, mumbling in Russian…