Authors | Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon United States of America    PWF 2017

Obsessed by the Cold War since the age of three—Joseph Kanon, one of America’s finest thriller writers, was born in 1946 in Pennsylvania. His language is startling, his plots ingenious, riddled with substance and tension.  Like the common cold—the Cold War never goes away. 

Critically acclaimed, Joseph Kanon’s work has been compared with the novels of Graham Greene and John le Carré.  His first novel Los Alamos became a bestseller, receiving the Edgar Award. A film based on The Good German was directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

Joseph Kanon’s novels occupy their own corner of sinister history: The Prodigal Spy; Alibi—set in post-war Venice; Stardust—with the McCarthy hearings; Istanbul Passage—seen in 1945 through the intrigues of the American, Russian and Turkish secret services; Leaving Berlin—where an American expatriate becomes an unwilling double agent of the American and East German intelligence services during the Berlin Airlift; and most recently Defectors—when an American spy, the Cold War’s most notorious defector, flees Washington for the safety of Moscow—but never loses his talent for betrayal.

“Jesus, this stuff goes right through you, doesn’t it?”

Joseph Kanon lives in New York.   

Joseph Kanon: Los Alamos

12.12.2017 Readings

The passage from the novel by Joseph Kanon Los Alamos. 

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Hana Newman: Joseph Kanon in New York

21.09.2017 Featured Authors

“Spying is a fascinating crime because it goes on 24/7. Unlike a robbery, which has the shape of an event, the lying that is the bedrock of espionage never ends. The spy lies to his spouse, to his family, his colleagues, everyone, and he does it with no end in sight—he becomes another person. Writers are drawn to spies because they embody, in highly dramatic form, the essential mystery: who are we? Can we ever know someone else?”                                       

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