The Mission Song

Paperback | July 27, 2010

byJohn Le Carré

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Born to a Congolese mother and an Irish-Catholic father, Western-educated Bruno "Salvo" Salvador is eager to play his minor part in brokering a deal that would ostensibly bring peace and prosperity to the resource-rich but ravaged Congo. But Salvo finds himself both hunter and prey when he stumbles into a carefully plotted swindle that will only further devastate his birthplace.

In his twentieth novel, John le Carré returns to Africa with a new tale of mystery and corruption that bears the hallmarks of classic le Carré storytelling. By turns thriller, romance, and exposé of post-colonial politics, The Mission Song chronicles interpreter Bruno Salvador’s journey into the darkness of Western hypocrisy and deceit. Born to a Congolese mother and an Irish–French father and educated in Britain, “Salvo” is the faithful servant eager to play his minor part in brokering a deal that would ostensibly bring peace and prosperity to the resource-rich but ravaged Congo. But Salvo finds himself both hunter and prey when he stumbles into a carefully plotted swindle that will only further devastate his birthplace.

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Born to a Congolese mother and an Irish-Catholic father, Western-educated Bruno "Salvo" Salvador is eager to play his minor part in brokering a deal that would ostensibly bring peace and prosperity to the resource-rich but ravaged Congo. But Salvo finds himself both hunter and prey when he stumbles into a carefully plotted swindle that...

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:July 27, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143171135

ISBN - 13:9780143171133

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“Wrenching, necessary reading on a subject as urgent for us today as it was for Conrad’s readers more than 100 years ago.” - The Globe and Mail"John le Carré is a master of the dark, rich and profound espionage novel." - Winnipeg Free Press"A tale that few could equal and none will surpass." - The Observer (UK)"The Mission Song has a sharpness of observation and a moral passion that makes it a memorable and enduring work." - The Sydney Morning Herald"Smiles and sadness await the reader of The Mission Song. Smiles for the sheer brilliance of the work and sadness for the ending which comes far too soon." - The Chronicle-Herald (Halfax)"A fast-paced, entertaining book...One is delighted by its satire, and moved by its insistence on the importance of doubt, and the necessity of choosing responsibility every moment." - The Times Literary Supplement"A formidably sophisticated work of fiction, full of energy, rage and great humour. All the qualities for which le Carré's fiction has been admired—his descriptive powers, his electrifying dialogue, his cynicism in the presence of corporate greed and government power—are visible in The Mission Song....Simply astonishing." - The Mail on Sunday (UK)"A gripping and moving narrative of government conspiracy and personal redemption...The Mission Song [has] all the captivating characters, finely rendered landscapes and messy complexities that have always powered [le Carré's] best work." - San Francisco Chronicle"Top-notch fare from a literary heavyweight." - The Christian Science Monitor“Amid the bursts of humour, le Carré convincingly conveys his empathy for the African nation and his cynicism at its would-be saviors, both home-grown patriots and global powers seeking to impose democracy on a failed state.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)“A bravura performance.” - The Guardian (UK)“An intricate thriller...[le Carré] explore[s] the dark places in human nature.” - The Washington Post"Let me be specific: I think the man deserves the Nobel." - The Globe and Mail“As the greatest spy novelist of our times John le Carré has always used as the bedrock of his craft the strange ways people are bound to each other.” - Calgary Sun“In a world where villains can bleed tragedy and heroes may not be so heroic, le Carré is still our keenest arbiter.” - Winnipeg Free Press“No other contemporary novelist has more durably enjoyed the twin badges of being both well read and well regarded.” - Scott Turow“Le Carré, always an intriguing blend of patrician and populist, gives voice to all our contempt for hot-money deals.” - Independent (UK)“I would suggest immortality for John le Carré…. May he write forever!” - Chicago Tribune