My spy: the story of H.P. Smolka, Soviet spy and inspiration for 'The Third Man' | Curio

My spy: the story of H.P. Smolka, Soviet spy and inspiration for 'The Third Man'

21 mins | May 28, 2017

Spiting Orwell, inspiring Graham Greene and being awarded an OBE — who really was Hans-Peter Smolka? "It took a decade — and the mining of the KGB files after the Soviet collapse in the early 1990s — for the lurid story of his treachery to emerge..." His godson, Peter Foges, tells in Lapham's Quarterly the fascinating tale of war-time publishing, radicalism and espionage.

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From Lapham's Quarterly