The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

LE CARRE, John. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

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Very rare uncorrected proof of the greatest of spy novels

LE CARRE, John. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1963.

8vo. Publisher's original brown card covers, printed in black to upper panel; with publisher's UNCORRECTED stamp on upper panel; pp. [v], 6-222; with light toning and marks to wrappers; light creasing to spine; light even toning to paper stock; a very good copy of an incredibly rare proof.
Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition. The Spy who Came in from the Cold is widely regarded as one of the greatest spy novels ever written, marking a significant turning point in the genre. By introducing a more realistic and morally complex approach to fictional espionage, Le Carre's novel continues to be admired for its important and engrossing commentary on the nature of intelligence during the Cold War. Focusing on Alec Lemas, a British intelligence officer who is sent to bring down the East German Intelligence Service, Le Carre creates a complex web in which Lemas finds himself tangled. Deception and betrayal are abundant, raising questions about the moral ambiguities of espionage. The novel was adapted into a film just two years later in 1965, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton as the protagonist.