Harry Thürks novel "The Charlatan" is a thriller, first published in 1978 in the GDR. It is a roman a clef. The main female character Catherine Laborde functions as a CIA-agent, at first unknowingly. The highly educated Franco-American works in Moscow and with her language and literary skills helps create the phenomenon of a nobelprize winner who utterly hates his own society. The world knows the literary phenomenon of the late sixties under the name of Solshenizin.
Thürk is a journalist and specialist South-East Asia. He also is a dedicated communist who knows the history of the 20th century well. He took part in WWII.
With his eyes and under the perspectice of leading CIA personnel we learn, how the war against the Sowjetunion and the entire post war socialist world war was transformed onto a mental sphere. It includes of course real acts of violence and real wars like the one against Vietnam (and Korea in the early fifties).
Thürk's sharp analyzes, his exciting way of story telling and his foresight can be of great help for those compatriots who want help create a more peaceful world.