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Mission Song


John le Carre's 20th novel,The Mission Song, is an original exploration of the themes of the corrosions of secrecy and betrayal and the hypocrisies of power. This first-person narrative of a half-Irish, half-Congolese interpreter, Bruno Salvador. His main character discusses the nuances of language, interpretation and eavesdropping while exposing an African coup.

The Mission Song bears some resemblance to the so-called Wonga Coup in Equatorial Guinea.


The Mission Song is as angry about the exploitation of Africa as The Constant Gardener, a novel tackling multinational greed. 

The plot has a remorseless energy and a haunting resolution. 
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