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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: Funeral in Berlin (): Len Deighton: Books

The Ipcress File Secret File 1. The tale wanders from London to Berlin, east and west, to Czechoslovakia and France and contains a cast of characters, from Salzman to his funeal assistant one of my favourite characters even if she is only rarely in itJean to his boss, Dawlish, the Russian, Stok, etc that you love meeting and enjoy the interactions.

Our hero navigates his way through double cross after double cross while trying to keep his boss, Dawlish, off his back and uncover the real situation behind the game of bluff and double bluff. Occured to deightoh that this is one of the important existential novels of the sixities.

Funeral in Berlin

Use of these is for historical and entertainment purposes only, and is not meant to establish ownership of such materials. Stok is a broadly comic character, permanently making toasts with vodka and caviare, engaging in witty banter with the wryly understated Narrator. Learn how your comment data is processed.


A prisoner would sometimes even confess to having at one time – for a short while – been a Jew. Charlotte Street runs north from Oxford Street and there are few who will blame it.

One person found this helpful. Bottom line, this is a cerebral spy thriller–not really a lot of action.

And he writes with effortless mastery. Want to Read saving….

Una bella sorpresa, soprattutto considerando che ho altri tre suoi romanzi che mi aspettano! Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer’s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks.

Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton

I opened it and was socked in the head by pink neon. Several times I even thought I knew what was going on. Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Refresh and try again.

It was like theatre, but is on for real. This pen not a casual read. The truth is quite adequately hilarious. The bathtub was made of some sort of black stone. And what of the plot of Funeral in Berlin? Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Funeral In Berlin by Len Deighton (1964)

Sharp as tacks, and with a mean streak. The fake documentation for Semitsa needs to be precisely specified. It was about thirty foot of ankle-high carpeting from silk wall to silk wall. Deighton keeps things moving at a swift pace and the short Chess rules quotations at the head of each chapter are a nice touch.


I’m glad Funegal did. He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since being a interview which formed part of a “Len Deighton Night” on BBC Four. John Le’ Carre, here I come again!

Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency.

It provides vital background information about nearly all of the characters who appear in the Deighfon Samson novels, so is really part of that series. A funeral is duly arranged, with a casket and a body within; but this is just the first move in an increasingly deadly game of chess. It amply rewards close reading. Jan 25, Sairam Krishnan rated it really liked it.

These last two betoken the fundamentally anti-Romantic, unsentimental stance of his no-nonsense Narrator: But those above him who matter recognise his talents and our understated friend demonstrates, even to the doubters, deihgton the art of the spy is deception, and he has got that down to a fumeral, ha ha. This is one of Deighton’s earliest, but all of his mastery is easily observed.