A Small Town in Germany. John Le Carre.
A Small Town in Germany
A Small Town in Germany
A Small Town in Germany
A Small Town in Germany

A Small Town in Germany

New York, NY: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1968. First American Edition. Hardcover. "The scene is Bonn, a small provincial town elevated by the cold war to the artificial status of a capital city. The protagonists are British diplomats, their wives, and aspiring German politicians. The time is the recent future. While the Foreign Office is locked in a last desperate battle to enter the Common Market, while the new Germany is being carried away on a rising tide of student-bourgeois nationalism, an aging Second Secretary has vanished from the British Embassy. His name is Leo Harting: "a sprite, weightless in the dark." And he has taken with him, apparently, official files whose disclosure could ruin Britain's chances at the negotiating table. Alan Turner, a tough investigator from London, is sent to find him." (from front flap) The early, now-classic novel by the great British author whose cerebral spy thrillers are among the world's most acclaimed by readers & critics. As Le Carre notes in his special prologue to this edition, he himself served at the British Embassy in Bonn during the early 1960s: "In those days it had no Glory Hole and its standards of security were impeccable. In this book both time and the willful distortions of a writer's eye have had their effect upon its architecture and its staff." Hardcover in clipped dust jacket, First American Edition as stated on copyright page, published the same year as the first British edition (1968). An essential Le Carre collectible in exceptionally very fine condition: Book with only very sparse spotting, darkening (but not loss) of gilt to front, back covers & spine; very mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; very light rubbing & occasional spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Dust jacket (clipped as noted above) very fine with only a bit of rubbing & very light browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3689]

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