London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2004. [Intrigue] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.383; . Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine, purple endpapers, purple dust-wrapper with red and white titles, priced at £18.99. A fine copy which appears to be unread. A theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing and a savage fable of our times, almost of our hours. The friends are Ted Mundy, a British soldier's son born in 1947, in the newly independent Pakistan, and Sasha, the refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West. The two men meet first as students in the riot-torn West Berlin of the late sixties, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today's uni-polar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies. Item #53890
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