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John le Carré
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is told by a third-person omniscient narrator.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is narrated in the past tense.
The title The Spy Who Came in from the Cold refers to the novel's protagonist, Alec Leamas, who works for British intelligence. The word cold has multiple meanings in the title. It refers to the Cold War, a political standoff lasting from the late 1940s into the 1980s between the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its communist satellite states. Leamas, the main character of the novel, plans to come in from the cold, meaning he wants to retire from active service. He is also hoping to come in from the cold in a different way—by escaping the coldness, or inhumanity, of espionage work.
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