Renowned author John le Carré, who described the dark world of spies, has died at the age of 89.
Le Carré’s literary agency said his death was not related to COVID-19. He died on Saturday of pneumonia in Cornwall, southwest England, after a brief illness.
He wrote such famous novels as The Little Drummer Girl, The Spy, Get Out, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and others. He combined terse yet lyrical prose with the incredible plot complexity one would expect from literary fiction. His books deal with betrayal, moral compromise and the psychological consequences of a secret life. He created the legendary George Smiley, one of the iconic characters of 20th-century fiction, a decent man at the centre of a web of deception.
“John le Carré passed away at the age of 89. This terrible year has brought the loss of a literary giant and a true humanitarian,” tweeted Stephen King.