John le Carre – It’s part of a writer’s…

It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey…


“It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey on the community to which he’s attached, to take away information – often in secret – and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it’s his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – Novelists are not equipped to…

Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own…


“Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they’re casting, they’re dressing the scene, they’re working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and they’re also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – You have no idea how…

You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all…


“You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all your clothes, your toys, snatched by the bailiff. I mean we were a middle-class family, it’s not as if it was happening up and down the street. It made me ashamed, I felt dirty.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – The monsters of our childhood…

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous…


“The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – I was quite able at…

I was quite able at the insignificant work I did in MI6, but absolutely dysfunctional…


“I was quite able at the insignificant work I did in MI6, but absolutely dysfunctional in my domestic life. I had no experience of fatherhood. I had no example of marital bliss or the family unit.”
-John le Carre