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Let’s hope the new Smiley doesn’t betray us

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The legendary spy George Smiley is to return this autumn in a new John le Carre novel. This finest of all le Carre’s characters confronts what is still the great question of our time: how to fight great evil without losing our moral compass. The problem is that the moral ambiguity at the heart of Smiley’s circle has paralysed the west in real life too.

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