By John Le Carré
From the “literary grasp for a generation” - The London Observer comes a fiercely compelling and present novel set in Hamburg that performs to all of le CarrÉ’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who find a style for ethical integrity.
A half-starved younger Russian guy in a protracted black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an inconceivable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a religious Muslim. Or is he? He says his identify is Issa.
Annabel, an idealistic younger German civil rights legal professional, determines to save lots of Issa from deportation. quickly her client’s survival turns into extra vital to her than her personal career—or security.
In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious previous, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue FrÈres, a failing British financial institution established in Hamburg.
Annabel, Issa, and Brue shape an not likely alliance—and a triangle of most unlikely loves is born. in the meantime, scenting a convinced kill within the so-called warfare on Terror, the spies of 3 international locations converge upon the innocents.
Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader by no means desires to enable move, A so much sought after guy is alive with humor, but prickles with rigidity until eventually the final heart-stopping web page. it's a paintings of deep humanity and unusual relevance to our times.
From Publishers Weekly
When boxer Melik Oktay and his mom, either Turkish Muslims residing in Hamburg, soak up a highway individual calling himself Issa at the beginning of this morally advanced mystery from le Carré (The venture Song), they trigger a sequence of occasions implicating intelligence companies from 3 international locations. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim clinical pupil, is, in truth, a sought after terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a pink military colonel whose substantial resources are hid in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg financial institution. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical improper everyman stuck up within the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot whilst Issa's lawyer seeks to assert those resources. The booklet works top in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence firms that are meant to be allies, yet not one of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. nonetheless, even a lesser le Carré attempt is way above the typical run of thrillers. (Oct.)
From Bookmarks Magazine
While this novel should be le Carre's first tackle espionage in Europe after the chilly warfare, critics couldn't be extra divided over its caliber. Alan Furst, himself one of many greats of the style, opines so much sought after guy could be one of many author's most sensible, now not for its content material a lot as for its technical brilliance. yet different reviewers panned the paintings, arguing that le Carre's outrage over fresh American intelligence practices distorts the plot and renders some of the characters as mere cliches. might be the consensus is such a lot sought after guy is an relaxing le Carre novel (and as a result far better than such a lot thrillers)—but faraway from his best.
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In the long run, the drunk is probably less of a menace to the world than the fanatic. But in any case, the sentiment surely is a 'moral idea', whether we think it a good one or not. Similarly, with Arnold's conception of an 'indifference' to morals. As he himself tries to insist in this same essay, moral ideas are not only a matter of 'content', nor is 'style' ever morally null. Why then is a care only for 'studied and exquisite form' not itself a moral idea, even if one that usually amounts to no more than a vapid, self-conceited conventionality?
E. ' Or we find attractions in a poetry indifferent to them; in a poetry where the contents may be what they will, but where the form is studied and exquisite. We delude ourselves in either case; and the best cure for our delusion is to let our minds rest upon that great and inexhaustible word life, until we learn to enter into its 12 Agents and lives meaning. A poetry of revolt against moral ideas is a poetry of revolt against life; a poetry of indifference towards moral ideas is a poetry of indifference towards life.
As against a morality in this 'narrow' sense, a morality in a ' broad' sense would be a general, all-inclusive theory of conduct: the morality to which someone subscribed would be whatever body of principles he allowed ultimately to guide or determine his choices of action... noone could, in his choices of action, deliberately overrule what was his morality in the broad sense, though he might diverge from it through 'weakness of will'. That is like a point made by Hare; and in much the same way as Hare, Mackie also thinks that [t]here is no point in discussing whether the broad or the narrow sense of 'morality' is the more correct.
A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré