The Mission Song by John le Carre
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Abandoned by both his Irish father and Congolese mother, Bruno Salvador has long looked for someone to guide his life. He has found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence.Bruno's African upbringing, and fluency in numerous African languages, has made him a top interpreter in London, useful to businesses, hospitals, diplomats-and spies. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility known as the "Chat Room," Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, snatched voice mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference between Central African warlords, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain bring peace to a bloody corner of the world. But then he hears something he should not have....Building upon the box office success of le Carre's The Constant Gardener (like THE MISSION SONG, built around turmoil and conspiracy in Africa) and le Carre's laser eye for the complexity of the modern world (seen in Absolute Friends' prediction that the Iraq war would be based on phony and manipulated intelligence), this new novel is a crowning achievement, full of politics, heart, and the sort of suspense that nobody in the world does better.
 

About John le Carre

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JOHN LE CARRÉ, the author of twenty-two novels, is the pseudonym for David Cornwell, who was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. Many of his books have been made into films, including The Constant Gardener; The Russia House; The Little Drummer Girl; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
 
Published September 1, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Horror. Fiction

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The hero of John le Carré’s clunky new novel, Bruno Salvador, a k a Salvo, seems at first glance like a perfect candidate to become another one of the author’s perfect spies.

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Africa replaces Berlin, and multinationals the Russians, in this John le Carré novel.

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The Guardian

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The Mission Song by John Le Carre Hodder £6.99 The naive narrator of The Mission Song entreats his wife, Penelope, an ambitious journalist at a leading tabloid newspaper, to tell the world what's happening in eastern Congo.

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The Mission Song by John le Carré 339pp, Hodder & Stoughton, £ 17.99 Bruno Salvador, known to all as "Salvo", is a linguistic prodigy who has mastered all the least-known tongues of the multilingual eastern Congo.

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The Mission Song by John le Carre Hodder £17.99, pp340 First things first: this is John le Carre's 20th novel, the latest volume in a remarkable oeuvre that stretches back to Call for the Dead (1961) and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963), a modern classic set in a fictional European landsc...

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Examiner

The Mission Song tells a story that edifies and warns as John Le Carré poignantly details events in the life of the protagonist.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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The Mission Song is a timely narrative, with an empathetic eye into the mind of Bruno Salvador, an orphaned child of a Catholic Irish missionary and a Congolese woman, and the state of Africa in world politics.

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The Mystery Site

His home and personal lives are as complicated and secretive as the mission he finds himself enrolled in: being interpreter for an undercover hush-hush conference where three various African leaders are to broker a deal that will bring peace and prosperity to the Congo without, as le Carre often ...

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