A landscape of lies in the land of letters

The literary cartography of security and intelligence

Authored by: Liam Francis Gearon

The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138572416
eBook ISBN: 9780203702086
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203702086-34

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Abstract

Literature is a lie which seeks to tell a truth. Espionage is a trade dependent on deceit. Where the two professions meet, the dissembling knows no limit. As David Cornwell, the non-de-plume of John le Carré, has written: ‘I’m a liar, born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practised in it as a novelist’ (Kerridge, 2015).

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