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With the people as the client

Edward Snowden: Permanent Record (System Error)

SNOWDEN: A spy, traitor or patriot? The answer depends on who you ask.

Espionage's personal costs

Javier Marias: Berta Island

: Javier Marías' writing has a strong anti-authorial nerve that is subtle and without illusions.

Are you a "communist"?

: My namesake Truls Øhra's new book, The History of Power (478 pages, Solum Bokvennen), is a thorough and revealing review of abuses of power as opposed to solidarity communities. Let me start via a first point:

Social control 4.0

: China's digital social credit system operates with a form of gamified control, which rewards users while scoring points for online and offline behavior. By 2020, the Chinese authorities plan to establish a nationwide system. Western commentators react with disgust, but is our own social media really that much better?

Mossad agents lighten the veil

Duki Dror: Inside the Mossad: Imperfect Spies

: The documentary Inside the Mossad reveals former Mossad agents' inside spy stories – some of them even about recent incidents. 

Strolling spy crime

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Killing Eve (Based on The Vilanelle Novels by Luke Jennings)

: The British TV series Killing Eve stands out in the amount of crime series, with its driving and playful plot, cinematic paraphrases and untraditional stylistic choices.