The spy master Le Carré denounces Johnson in his 25th novel – L’ignorant du cochon: 9781551751745: books
British spy novelist John le Carre’s 25th book condemns “the ignorant of the pigs” Boris Johnson and the “madness” of Brexit, according to an excerpt published in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday.
Set in 2018, “Agent Running in the Field” tells the story of Nat, a 47-year-old MI5 foreign intelligence operative who doubts Britain’s fate.
Excerpts from the 87-year-old writer’s book, due out Oct. 17, show Nat revealing his career choice to daughter Steff.
Johnson is still foreign minister in the book, a post he gave up in July 2018 in protest against former Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.
Describing a Britain in “free fall”, Nat lists the reasons why he doubts that his country is still a democracy in the service of its people.
“A Tory minority cabinet of tenths. A foreign minister ignoring the pigs I’m supposed to serve. Work no better. Pure bloody Brexit madness,” Nat told her daughter.
Le CarrÃ© is a renowned Europhile who joined dozens of other novelists in urging voters to support the EU in the European Parliament elections in May.
The ballot was won in Britain by the Brexit Party of anti-EU populist Nigel Farage.
“The problem with Le CarrÃ© is that it has always been as at home in Europe as it has been in Britain,” editor-in-chief Mary Mount told The Guardian.
“After the referendum (Brexit of 2016) he had no choice but to look at where we are now.”
The book is slated for release two weeks before Britain leaves its closest partners after 46 years.
Johnson became prime minister in July, pledging to meet the twice-delayed October 31 deadline with or without a divorce deal with the EU.