The Spy (Mata Hari) Summary
Coelho, Paulo

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The Spy (Mata Hari) Overview

The Spy by Paulo Coelho tells the story of the life, imprisonment, and execution of Mata Hari, a dancer accused of being a spy during World War I. Her story is told through a long letter, written by Mata Hari to her lawyer, Edouard Clunet in the weeks leading up to her execution and a second, shorter letter written by Clunet to Mata Hari as he tries to determine how he failed to save her when there was so little evidence against her. Themes in the novel include the use of love as power, the struggle of finding one's identity, and the placing of culpability.

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