John le Carré

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The Mission Song

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Fiction
UK Hodder and Stoughton
2006

Bruno Salvador, known to friends and enemies alike as Salvo, is the ever-innocent, twenty-nine-year-old orphaned love-child of a Catholic Irish missionary and a Congolese headman's daughter.

Educated first at mission school in the East Congolese province of Kivu, and later at a discreet sanctuary for the secret sons of Rome, Salvo is inspired by his mentor Brother Michael to train as a professional interpreter in the minority African languages of which, almost from birth, he has been an obsessive collector.

Soon a rising star in his profession, he is courted by City corporations, hospitals, law courts, the Immigration services and -- inevitably -- the mushrooming overworld of British Intelligence. He is also courted -- and won -- by the all-white, Surrey-born Penelope, star reporter on one of our great national newspapers, whom with typical impulsiveness he promptly marries.

Yet even as the story opens, a contrary and irresistible love is dawning in him. Despatched to a no-name island in the North Sea to attend a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, Salvo is obliged to interpret matters never intended for his re-awoken African conscience.

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Reviews


It is this backdrop that raises the book above the ordinary... Africa, in its turmoil, has given him exactly the landscape he needs to continue writing superior thrillers. Ian Critchley
The Sunday Times
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Thrilling tale of a translator caught up in a political and financial coup
The Sunday Times


There are virtuoso descriptive set pieces... this novel feels urgent and contemporary David Smith
The Guardian
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... as always with le Carré, the personal and the political are effortlessly intertwined Sally Cousins
The Telegraph
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There is the crackle of static behind his every line Nigel Farndale
The Telegraph
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it is a thriller with the potential to educate readers not otherwise interested in global politics David Dabydeen
The Independent
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Salvo is a fascinating and sympathetic character Brandon Robshaw
The Independent
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[le Carré's] insight into the dense, dangerous nexus of corporate and government interests is chillingly assured Neil Gordon
The New York Times
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... his passion for his craft as strong as it ever was. He delivers a tale that few could equal and none will surpass. Robert McRum
The Observer
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le Carré brings a light touch to his 20th novel, the engrossing tale of an idealistic and naïve British interpreter
Publishers Weekly
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Exquisitely crafted
Daily Mail


le Carré shows no sign of slowing up or losing touch
Spectator


Bold, vigorous and extremely funny
Evening Standard


A formidably sophisticated work of fiction, full of energy, rage and great humour Charles Cumming
Mail on Sunday
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[filled] with all the captivating characters, finely rendered landscapes and messy complexities that have always powered his best work.
San Francisco Chronicle
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