A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress Deighton’s third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now . (Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in our ongoing Friday blog series highlighting great but forgotten books. Today’s selection comes. Funeral in Berlin, UK first edition now – see photo) on the first editions has a photo of Len Deighton and Michael Caine from The Ipcress File movie shoot.

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I walked out along the moonlit sea front. Our hero is tasked with arranging the defection of a Sov This is the third of Len Deighton’s “nameless hero” books, although they can also be referred to as the “Harry Palmer” books, after Michael Llen portrayal of the narrator.

I bought this in a charity shop because I’d never read anything by Deighton. Another gloriously bleak tale of espionage and its consequent deceptions and betrayals – deiguton the continuing shadow of the Second World War and the Holocaust in the turbulent s Mostly, though, it works well: Tremendously gripping and very well-written.

Therefore the entire scientist-smuggling operation was, for Vulkan, purely a pretext to get his hands on a set of British government-authenticated identity papers in the name of Brouma.

How anyone adapted the Caine film from this muddled mess is the real mystery here. Write a customer review. Bottom line, this is a cerebral spy thriller–not really a lot of action. Aug 16, James rated it really liked it. This article needs additional citations for verification.

I understand from wikipedia that there was a court case and this paragraph was removed from later editions. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Ch 6 Damp leaves shone underfoot like a million newly struck pennies.


Without giving too much away these differences may sound petty, but as you pull the thread on the 2 plots they do go in different directions. Quotes from Funeral in Berlin.

It amply rewards close reading. The fire service always suffers casualties, the casualty wards in hospitals are overworked. The novel comes to a climax against the violent backdrop of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in April But when Vulkan and the Narrator open cuneral coffin as delivered to them in a West Berlin garage, they find no scientist, just a load of propaganda pamphlets.

The Rap Sheet: The Book You Have to Read: “Funeral in Berlin,” by Len Deighton

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. A first class stylised spy thriller that brings cold war intelligence work in Europe esp.

A question for you. What follows is a mix of plots and sub-plots, dead ends and multiple agencies from the UK, Russia, Germany, the USA and Israel all competing for the same prize – secret information.

Funeral in Berlin is typical of the period.

Via old contacts the narrator realises Champion is active again, but working for Arabs who are planning some kind of attack on Israel and which the narrator must foil. His attention to iin details is a bit overwhelming here and the story bogs down as a result.

Funeral in Berlin

Learn how your comment data is processed. It’s now long gone, but I’ve never forgotten that blurb! For a while it seemed to be merely a coincidence that, upon deeper investigation, this Brouma had been a real person who had survived for a while in Treblinka concentration camp before being murdered on the long walk West escaping the advancing Russians. I think this is the fueral of Len Deighton’s spy novels that revolve around an unamed spy he was given the name Harry Palmer in the films with Michael Caine.


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Having mentioned Ian Fleming’s famous spy in this context, though, I should point out that Deighton has moved on from Fleming ‘s insistent misogyny. But there is always more at play than a simple defection. In the novel, Colonel Stok boasts to the unnamed spy that he is one of the best chess players in Berlin. On that enigmatic note, cheers!

It’s a clever read that will keep you thinking throughout. However, after the Narrator and Vulkan open the coffin and discover it contains no Russian scientist, they argue and fight.

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The tale wanders I enjoyed this story. Silas commissioned Jim Prettyman to be the middle-man and instructed him to murder the actual assassin, Thurkettle. The marketing wrap-around rarely found now – see photo on the first editions has a photo of Len Deighton and Michael Caine from The Ipcress File movie shoot, and on the back a press shot of Deighton and Bond Author Ian Fleming having lunch together in Birds were still singing in the trees that stood across the major surgery of sunset like massed artery forceps.