Or, the spy who loved her
Graham Greene and John le Carré have long cornered the market on tales of gray, dour espionage mandarins who, with inevitably tragic results, feel their lives revitalized by a taste of romantic love. So it’s no wonder that Greene called Benjamin Tammuz’s novel Minotaur “the best of the year” when it was published in 1989. The Russian-born Tammuz immigrated to Palestine when he was five, working as a diplomat, sculptor, and literary editor of the newspaper Ha’aretz before dying the year Minotaur appeared.
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