Fifteen years ago Salman Rushdie publicly described John le Carré as a “pompous ass.” Things went downhill from there. But now, according to The Guardian the two lions of literature have called off their feud.
Last month, Rushdie told an audience at the Cheltenham literature festival that he “really” admired Le Carré as a writer. “I wish we hadn’t done it,” he said of the 15-year-old feud which played out in the letters pages of the Guardian in 1997. “I think of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as one of the great novels of postwar Britain.”
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