Wolfram Koch

Der Taubentunnel. Geschichten aus meinem Leben
(The Pigeon Tunnel. Stories from My Life)

by John le Carré
read by Wolfram Koch

translated into German by Peter Torberg

arranged by Gerhard Ahrens

With his memoirs, the author and former spy on Her Majesty's secret service John le Carré has written a moving, thrilling and entertaining book about the big game of global politics from the post-war years to the present. Like in his international bestsellers, the treachery, lack of moral principles and cynicism of the upper class are also the central themes of the masterfully told stories collected here about his meetings with the people who pull the strings, secret service heads and revolutionaries. The result is a concise summary of recent world history that is not only hair-raising but also captivating.

John le Carré, born David John Moore Cornwell in 1933, was the son of a conman and fraudster. Watching his father playing against the king of Egypt, who had staked the entire treasury, at the gaming tables of Monte Carlo was not an unusual experience. John le Carré studied in Berne and Oxford, where he was recruited into the secret service, and was stationed in Bonn in the 1960s as an MI6 agent. He was therefore directly involved in the Cold War, but also became its chronicler. He wrote his first spy thriller The Spy Who Came In from the Cold soon afterwards, and quit the service. It was followed by a number of celebrated novels set in the world of espionage, many of which later became films. John le Carré died in December 2020.

The actor Wolfram Koch will read excerpts from le Carré's memoirs. Koch is a familiar face on the theatre stages of the German-speaking countries and known to television audiences not only as the inspector of the Frankfurt-based episodes of the long-running television crime series Tatort.