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‘Silverview’ — the last novel by John le Carré

A gripping spy novel to immortalise Le Carré’s literary contributions

Published 29.11.21, 08:06 AM
Image courtesy: Viking

In John le Carré’s last completed novel, he takes the reader into the deep dark world of spies once again. With his passing last December, fans were heartbroken to have lost a literary genius, but with this book his memory lives on.

 We follow the protagonist, Julian Lawndsley to a quiet English seaside-town, where he runs a bookshop — a far cry from the high-flying banking job in the city that he once used to have. His peaceful life is soon interrupted by a Polish émigré called Edward Avon who claims to have known Lawndsley’s father but there is something in his manner which makes Lawndsley suspicious. Who is he? What is his game?

 It is the back-stories of Avon and his wife which is really the meat of the plot in this novel. The complex web of lies woven by spies and governments lies at the heart of this book. Published by Viking, this book is concise with twists and turns to keep the reader riveted.

— Aatreyee Mohanta

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