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The Turn-Around

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Volkoff's 1979 novel Le retournement (The Turnaround) earned him international acclaim and was translated into a dozen languages. Dedicated to Graham Greene, whom Volkoff greatly admired, the novel's title refers to the intelligence manoeuvre of turning an uncovered enemy agent to one's own side. The book tells a story of espionage in which the American, French and Soviet ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published 1982 by Corgi (first published 1979)
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Philippe Malzieu
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Does French can write a great thriller like English? It is possible. This book is the proof. It is dedicated to Graham Greene.
Volkoff is the great-nephew of Tchaikovski. He is white Russian. His grandfather died with the mystic and delirious Admiral Kolchak. He was a specialist on Soviet Union.
Story of the book? It describe greatness and smallnesses of the secret services. There is the french one, with limited means. They decide to try to turn-around a Russian brilliant spy. The man is clever cy
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
For me this was terrible, did not like one thing about it. Of course it is not my kind of work but i have read other spy type books and given them good ratings. I dreaded each day I picked it up to make myself read for an hour or so. NEVER NEVER this author again.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the few espionage novels that can be uttered in the same breath as those of John le Carré. What sets this novel apart is the twists in the plot (not your run-of-the-mill plot twist, mind you) and the very nature of the turn-around in the first place. The pace is slow and methodical, and it contains above average characterization and credibility for the espionage genre. I thought the narrative was a bit verbose at times, but it wasn't unbearable. It's a shame this one is out of print, so y ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Il y a quelques longueurs mais c’est du très bon John Le Carre : bien ficelé et complexe. En plus il y a tout le cote militaire en France qui très bien rendu. De plus c’est plein d’humour et c’est très bien écrit (j’ai un faible pour les gens qui utilisent le passe simple et l’imparfait du subjonctif). C’est aussi une bonne réflexion sur l’espionnage, la désinformation et la psychologie des individus qui grenouillent dans ce milieu. Enfin c’est aussi un regard intéressant sur le communisme
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A brilliant spiritual thriller
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Vladimir Volkoff was a French writer of Russian extraction. He produced both literary works for adults and spy novels for young readers under the pseudonym Lieutenant X. His works are characterised by themes of the Cold War, intelligence and manipulation, but also by metaphysical and spiritual elements.

In the 2000s he returned to his Slavic roots, publishing several texts on Russian history and or
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