This is John Le Carre’s latest book, a post-cold war spy novel about two of the cold warriors just over a decade on in the wake of 9/11. This is just a fantastic story, incredibly detailed and well researched (where it follows the historical/factual stuff).
It starts off as a fairly normal story, told by flashbacks from 2003-4ish, about a chap who gets caught up in the 68-69 student protest movement in Berlin. After a gap of about ten years he eventually settles down and gets a job with the British Council. This draws him into a meeting with his old student protest chum who is now an East German security type. There follows a cold war double agent story, which in itself is excellent. The falling of the Berlin Wall brings an end to that episode and our protagonist goes off to have a ‘normal’ life. However one day in late 2003(ish) his old friend re-appears and attempts to recruit him for another escapade.
I’ll not give away how it all goes, I think you ought to read that for yourself.
- Did the berlin wall go through berlin (wiki.answers.com)
- Ian Berry – Berlin wall at Christmas 1963 features – Amateur Photographer – news, camera reviews, lens reviews, camera equipment guides, photography courses, competitions, photography forums (ambravernuccio.wordpress.com)
- The Berlin Wall – Don McCullin’s Lost Negatives (lightbox.time.com)