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Espionage and ExileFascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film$
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Phyllis Lassner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401104

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.001.0001

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John Le Carré’s Never-ending War of Exile

John Le Carré’s Never-ending War of Exile

(p.166) Chapter 4 John Le Carré’s Never-ending War of Exile
Espionage and Exile

Phyllis Lassner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter shows how World War II is a central thematic and political presence in le Carré’s novels. Detailed studies of the expressionist techniques in Call for the Dead (1961) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) show how Cold War intrigue is intertwined with unvanquished elements of Fascism that reappear in Britain as double agents now working for East Germany. Villainy and victimhood are also enmeshed as Holocaust survivors betrayed by western indifference turn to Communism, creating the tragic overtones of these political spy thrillers.

Keywords:   Communism, World War II, Holocaust, Jews, Expressionism, Exile, Refugees

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