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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
London: Victor Gollancz, 1963., 1963. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.222. Publisher's blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, original dust-jacket. Trivial handling, minor toning to text block, minor rubbing and dustiness, later ink price (£1.95) added to flap (original price 18/- intact). A crisp, near fine copy of the author's third novel, featuring George Smiley, double-agent Mundt, and burnt-out protagonist Alec Leamas. A monumental novel, The Spy Who Came In From is a revolutionary Cold War -era espionage classic, the first to win both the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America award, and also listed in the top 200 literary works since 1950. The author's breakthough, which firmly established an alternative form to the James Bond cult and a new type of hero. Graham Greene considered it the best spy story he ever read and J.B. Priestley wrote that the book was 'superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.' The novel won Le Carré the Somerset Maugham Award. He later won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain. Callil & Toibin; Modern Library. (200 Best Novels in English since 1950) Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction [p.324]. Listed in Time Magazine; 100 Best Modern Novels.
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