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Allan Hepburn

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104981

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104981.001.0001

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold as Allegory

(p.166) Chapter Seven Walls

Allan Hepburn

Yale University Press

This chapter examines John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, where an aging, dissolute agent is sacrificed to East versus West politics. In this novel, walls signify obstacles to understanding in both political and personal domains; the wall, an absolute impasse, prevents ideologies from blending with each other.

Keywords:   spy narratives, spies, walls, political ideology, John le Carré

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