Robert Littell (author)

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Robert Littell (born January 8, 1935) is an American novelist and former journalist who resides in France.[1] He specializes in spy novels that often concern the CIA and the Soviet Union.

Littell was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, of Russian Jewish origin.[2] He is a 1956 graduate of Alfred University in western New York. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy and served at times as his ship's navigator, antisubmarine warfare officer, communications officer, and deck watch officer.

Later Littell became a journalist and worked many years for Newsweek during the Cold War. He was a foreign correspondent for the magazine from 1965 to 1970.

Littell is an amateur mountain climber and is the father of award-winning novelist Jonathan Littell. His brother, Alan Littell (born 1929), is also an author and journalist.

He is the Brother-in-law of the French writer Bernard du Boucheron.[3]



  • The Defection of A. J. Lewinter (1973)
  • Sweet Reason (1974)
  • The October Circle (1975)
  • Mother Russia (1978)
  • The Debriefing (1979)
  • The Amateur (1981)
  • The Sisters (1986)
  • The Revolutionist (1988)
  • The Once and Future Spy (1990)
  • An Agent in Place (1991)
  • The Visiting Professor (1994)
  • Walking Back the Cat (1997)
  • The Company (2002)
  • Legends (2005)
  • Vicious Circle (2006)
  • The Stalin Epigram (2009)
  • Young Philby (2012)
  • A Nasty Piece of Work (2013)
  • The Mayakovsky Tapes (2016)
  • Comrade Koba (2019)



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  1. ^ Video Interview with Robert Littell via France 24.
  2. ^ Littell, Robert. "A legend in his own time." Interview by Ali Karim. January Magazine, n.d. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  3. ^ Corty, Bruno. À la rencontre de l'autre Littell, Le Figaro, 21 March 2009.

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