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Title
Absolute Friends
Author
John Le Carr
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040105

Absolute Friends is 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, British soldier's son born 1947 in a shining new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, 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 of the late Sixties, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today's unipolar 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 Carr's new novel presents us with magical writing, characters to delight, and a spellbinding story that enchants even as it challenges.

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John le Carr was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, A MOST WANTED MAN and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.

Praise for The Constant Gardener:

'A classic narrative. Nobody writing today manipulates suspense better. Nobody constructs a more tantalisingly complex plot. A powerful, moving novel that stands with le Carr's best. It is, in other words, essential reading'


Chris Woodhead, Sunday Telegraph

Le Carr poses deep spiritual questions about the damage [the human] race has done, and continues to do, both to the planet and to itself. He does so in a page-turner which reminds us that the master storyteller of the Smiley books has lost none of his cunning
A.N. Wilson, Daily Mail

Richly detailed, full of righteous fire to offset its desperate prognosis, The Constant Gardener is a very impressive piece of work. It is certainly one of John le Carr's best books
Sean O'Brien, The Times Literary Supplement

The book breathes life, anger and excitement
Nigel Williams, Observer

This is le Carr with a twist, the Old Master developing new techniques for a new age ... What is different in this book, however, is the passion
Raymond Seitz, The Times

Type
BOOK
Edition
Airport/Export Only Edition
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
384

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