The unadorned politics that characterized this later period – and a newfound activism that included participating in demonstrations and writing angry editorials – alienated some readers. But only a few. In 2011, a new film adaptation of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – the second in the Karla trilogy and Kim Philby-esqe’s report on Smiley’s careful exposure of a Soviet mole working in the circus – aroused renewed interest in Mr. le Carré’s work, sending backlist sales soaring.
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