The Russia House, Paperback


Barley Blair is not a Service man: he is a small-time publisher, a self-destructive soul whose only loves are whisky and jazz.

But it was Barley who, one drunken night at a dacha in Peredelkino during the Moscow Book Fair, was befriended by a high-ranking Soviet scientist who could be the greatest asset to the West since perestroika began, and made a promise.

Nearly a year later, his drunken promise returns to haunt him.

A reluctant Barley is quickly trained by British Intelligence and sent to Moscow to liaise with a go-between, the beautiful Katya.

Both are lonely and disillusioned. Each is increasingly certain that if the human race is to have any future, all must betray their countries...In his first post-glasnost spy novel, le Carre captures the effect of a slow and uncertain thaw on ordinary people and on the shadowy puppet-masters who command them.




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