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Hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carre's return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not intended for his ears — and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, The Mission Song recounts Salvo's heroically naive journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.

Review:

"Gripping and moving....A marvelous return to the John le Carre of old, with all the captivating characters, finely rendered landscapes, and messy complexities that have always powered his best work." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Entertaining....Salvo may be the author's most naive creation to date, but he is also one of the most fascinating and engaging....The atmosphere of intrigue builds nicely and convincingly." Baltimore Sun

Review:

"An incendiary tale...Le Carre's understanding of how the world ticks is, as always, machete sharp." USA Today

Review:

"Le Carre's insight into the dense, dangerous nexus of corporate and government interests is chillingly assured." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Engaging, masterfully told....The Mission Song offers an emotional resonance that stays with a reader long after the book is done." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"To categorize Le Carre, as many do, as a 'spy' novelist is to do him a disservice; he uses the world of cloak-and-dagger much as Conrad used the sea — to explore the dark places in human nature." Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

"Gripping and moving. . . . A marvelous return to the John le Carre of old, with all the captivating characters, finely rendered landscapes, and messy complexities that have always powered his best work." -San Francisco Chronicle

Hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carre's return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not intended for his ears--and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, The Mission Song recounts Salvo's heroically naive journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.

"Entertaining... Salvo may be the author's most naive creation to date, but he is also one of the most fascinating and engaging... The atmosphere of intrigue builds nicely and convincingly."-Baltimore Sun

"An incendiary tale... Le Carre's understanding of how the world ticks is, as always, machete sharp." -USA TODAY

"To categorize Le Carre, as many do, as a 'spy' novelist is to do him a disservice; he uses the world of cloak-and-dagger much as Conrad used the sea--to explore the dark places in human nature.' -Washington Post Book World

"Le Carre's insight into the dense, dangerous nexus of corporate and government interests is chillingly assured." -New York Times Book Review

"Engaging, masterfully told... The Mission Song offers an emotional resonance that stays with a reader long after the book is done." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

John le Carré 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 recent novels include The Tailor of Panama, The Constant Gardener, and Absolute Friends. The Mission Song is his twentieth novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316016759
Author:
Le Carre, John
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
John le Carre
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Subject:
Espionage
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.27x5.50x.92 in. .69 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316016759 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gripping and moving....A marvelous return to the John le Carre of old, with all the captivating characters, finely rendered landscapes, and messy complexities that have always powered his best work."
"Review" by , "Entertaining....Salvo may be the author's most naive creation to date, but he is also one of the most fascinating and engaging....The atmosphere of intrigue builds nicely and convincingly."
"Review" by , "An incendiary tale...Le Carre's understanding of how the world ticks is, as always, machete sharp."
"Review" by , "Le Carre's insight into the dense, dangerous nexus of corporate and government interests is chillingly assured."
"Review" by , "Engaging, masterfully told....The Mission Song offers an emotional resonance that stays with a reader long after the book is done."
"Review" by , "To categorize Le Carre, as many do, as a 'spy' novelist is to do him a disservice; he uses the world of cloak-and-dagger much as Conrad used the sea — to explore the dark places in human nature."
"Synopsis" by , "Gripping and moving. . . . A marvelous return to the John le Carre of old, with all the captivating characters, finely rendered landscapes, and messy complexities that have always powered his best work." -San Francisco Chronicle

Hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carre's return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not intended for his ears--and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, The Mission Song recounts Salvo's heroically naive journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.

"Entertaining... Salvo may be the author's most naive creation to date, but he is also one of the most fascinating and engaging... The atmosphere of intrigue builds nicely and convincingly."-Baltimore Sun

"An incendiary tale... Le Carre's understanding of how the world ticks is, as always, machete sharp." -USA TODAY

"To categorize Le Carre, as many do, as a 'spy' novelist is to do him a disservice; he uses the world of cloak-and-dagger much as Conrad used the sea--to explore the dark places in human nature.' -Washington Post Book World

"Le Carre's insight into the dense, dangerous nexus of corporate and government interests is chillingly assured." -New York Times Book Review

"Engaging, masterfully told... The Mission Song offers an emotional resonance that stays with a reader long after the book is done." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

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