The Pigeon Tunnel : Stories from My Life
by John Le Carré
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The SUNDAY TIMES, THE NUMBER A best-seller’ Out of the secret world, I’ve known, I’ve tried to make a theater for the greatest of the worlds we inhabit.First comes to imagine it, then the search for reality.Then go back to imagine it, and the office where I’m sitting now.From his years of service in the British intelligence services during the Cold War, to a career as a writer who took him from being torn apart by the war in Cambodia to Beirut on the eve of the Israeli invasion in 1982, from Russia before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written in the heart of modern times.In his first memoir, Le Carre is as funny as it is incisive – reading events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he breathes into his novels.Whether it is written on the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly imitate the fire of a machine gun, or visiting Rwanda’s museums of dead without burial in the aftermath of the genocide, or celebrating New Year’s Day with Yasser Arafat, or interviewing a terrorist German in his prison desert in the Negev, or watching Alec Guinness’s preparation for his role as George SBest of all, the Carre gives us a glimpse of a travel writer over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the sparkle man who gave so much life and heart to his fictional characters.No other writer has traced – without mercy to politicians, but to shape for readers, the public and the secret stories of his time “Tutor’ John the Carre is also recognizable to a writer such as Dickens or Austen’ s’ Financial Times text’ when I was under house arrest, I was helped by John the Carre’s books.they were a journey into the vast worldIt was the trips that made me feel like I wasn’t really cut off from the rest of the world.
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