A superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our times, almost of our hours.
The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, a British soldier's son born in 1947 in the new Republic of Pakistan, and Sasha, the refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.
The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin in the late Sixties, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today's world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies.
Deriving its scale from 'A Perfect Spy' and its passion from 'The Constant Gardener', le Carre's new novel presents us with magical writing, characters to delight, and a spellbinding story that enchants even as it challenges.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 04 / 2005