The Russia House

The Russia House

Book - 1989
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It is the third summer of perestroika. Barley Blair, London publisher, receives a smuggled document from Moscow. It contains technical information of overwhelming importance. But is it genuine? Is the author genuine? A plant? A madman?

Blair, jazz-loving, drink-marinated, dishevelled, is hardly to the taste of the spymasters, yet he has to be used - sent to the Soviet Union to make contact. Katya, the Moscow intermediary, is beautiful, thoughtful, equally sceptical of all state ideology. Together, as the safe clichés of hostility disintegrate, they may represent the future - an idea that is anathema to the entrenched espionage professionals on both sides. THE RUSSIA HOUSE: a spy story, a love story, and a fable for our time.

Publisher: Sydney : Hodder & Stoughton, 1989.
ISBN: 9780340733660


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Jan 20, 2018

One of the best from master spy-novelist John Le Carre, and a book which does not really grow old even though the Cold War is long past. The plotting is completely gripping, and moreover the very human questions of trust and betrayal, loyalty and divided loyalties, deception and self-deception explored here are timeless.

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