The Mission Song

A Novel
By John le Carre (Mass Market, 2008)
Hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carré's return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not meant for his ears - and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, THE MISSION SONG recounts Salvo's heroically naïve journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.

"A ragingly readable adventure tale. . . . Every issue of today is here: class warfare, race, torture, immigration, language. But THE MISSION SONG is also a tender love story, a fast-paced thriller, and a story with as many brilliant minor characters as major. Like another favorite of mine, The Constant Gardener, it 'gets' the centrality of Africa to our world today." -Salon

Hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carré's return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not meant for his ears - and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, THE MISSION SONG recounts Salvo's heroically naïve journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.

"A ragingly readable adventure tale. . . . Every issue of today is here: class warfare, race, torture, immigration, language. But THE MISSION SONG is also a tender love story, a fast-paced thriller, and a story with as many brilliant minor characters as major. Like another favorite of mine, The Constant Gardener, it 'gets' the centrality of Africa to our world today." -Salon

John le Carré's The Spy Who Came In from the Cold secured him a wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People. His recent novels include The Tailor of Panama, The Constant Gardener, and Absolute Friends.
  • "THE MISSION SONG is the riveting work of a master."  (Denver Post).

  • "To categorize le Carré, as many do, as a 'spy' novelist is to do him a disservice; he uses the world of cloak-and-dagger much as Conrad used the sea - to explore the dark places in human nature." (Washington Post Book World).

  • "A full-fledged page turner. . . . The Mission Song ultimately confirms for me that there is no better storyteller working today than John le Carré."      (Dallas-Fort Worth Star).

  • "Le Carré's insight into the dense, dangerous nexus of corporate and government interests is chillingly assured." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "An incendiary tale. . . . Le Carré's understanding of how the world ticks is, as always, maachete sharp." (USA Today).

  • "Engaging, masterfully told. . . . Le Carré is among the greatest living masters of narrative fiction. . . . THE MISSION SONG offers an emotional resonance that stays with a reader long after the book is done." (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

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Product Details

The Mission Song
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US
  • Pages: 464
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 7-1/2"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316016766
  • On Sale Date: 08/01/2008
The Mission Song