Best-selling spy novelist John le Carré dies at 89

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 12:27 PM Dec 14 2020
Entertainment Best-selling spy novelist John le Carré dies at 89

British writer David Cornwell, popularly known as John le Carré to the world, died at 89 on Saturday (12).

A statement issued by his family said he passed away due to pneumonia and he is survived by his wife, Jane, and four sons.

"I represented David for almost 15 years. I have lost a mentor, an inspiration and most importantly, a friend," said Jonny Geller, CEO of literary agency The Curtis Brown Group. "We will not see his like again."

Geller describes le Carré as the "undisputed Giant of English literature”, having written 26 books that have been published in more than 50 countries and translated into 40 languages.

Born in 1931, le Carré attended Bern and Oxford universities. Additionally, he briefly served in British Intelligence during the Cold War.

His most popular works traversed around 6 years, including "The Spy Who Came In Form the Cold," published in 1963 making le Carré "the most famous spy writer in the world," Geller remarked.

His other works include "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" and "A Wanted Man," which were later directed into blockbuster movies.

Other authors grieved his death and shared their condolences on social media.

'New York Times'-bestselling novelist, Stephen King, tweeted "This terrible year has claimed a literary giant and a humanitarian spirit."

British historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore tweeted he was "heartbroken" over le Carré's death, calling him a "titan of English literature".

Stephen Fry, British actor and writer, posted on his Twitter he was unable to name a contemporary writer who has given him more "richer pleasure" than le Carré.

"I suppose the best one can do to honor his great life & talent is go back to 'Call For The Dead' and reread all his books," Fry wrote. "The very opposite of a chore."

(CNN World)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 12:27 PM Dec 14 2020

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