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“The anti-American politics of John le Carre” with Adam Sisman
September 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Anti-American Politics of John Le Carré
The 2018 Wm. Roger Louis Lecture
A whiff of anti-Americanism is noticeable in John le Carré’s novels from the mid-1970s onwards. In more recent years, since the end of the Cold War, the smell has become more pungent. Some of his least sympathetic characters are Americans, or Britons who defer to American power. Far from relaxing in his old age, John le Carré has become angrier; and increasingly, it seems, he blames America for the parlous state of the world.
Adam Sisman is the author of Boswell’s Presumptuous Task, winner of the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and the biographer of John Le Carré, as well as the historians A. J. P. Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper. He has edited Trevor-Roper’s letters, and two volumes of letters by Patrick Leigh Fermor. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the University of St Andrews.
The Washington History
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom, 4pm
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop