My Life in CIA by Harry Mathews
A Chronicle of 1973

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In the early 1970s, Harry Mathews, then living in France, was commonly reputed to be a CIA agent -- and so he decided to act the part. Part spellbinding thriller, part gag, this memoir documents Mathews's experiences as a would-be spy during the coup in Chile, Watergate, and the close of the Vietnam War, when various foreign agencies decided he would have to be liquidated....


About Harry Mathews

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Harry Mathews was born and raised on New York's Upper East Side but left America for France in 1952 shortly after graduating from Harvard. He has written over a dozen books including the novels Cigarettes, The Journalist , and Tlooth , along with collected stories, The Human Country , and essays, The Case of the Persevering Maltese .Mathews is also the only American member of the Oulipo-the Workshop for Potential Literature-France's longest, and most active, literary movement. He divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.
Published January 20, 2015 by Dalkey Archive Press. 203 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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when Mathews protests that he’s a writer and quotes verbatim from the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins by way of proof, the doctor responds, “How glad I am to see that the CIA is training its men so well.” An unlikelier agent there probably has never been: Mathews, after all, is the only American t...

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Harry Mathews's book is about a would-be spy named Harry Mathews.

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London Review of Books

It doesn’t begin to describe the real Harry Mathews’s relationship with the real Georges Perec: for which see the article he wrote in Le Monde in 1984, two years after Perec died – the most honest, precise and affecting obituary of anyone I can imagine being written.

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