Alan Furst's new novel brings alive one of the lesser known locales of the Second World War: Hungary, which managed against all odds to preserve its neutrality until 1944, after which it paid a terrible price for those uneasy years of peace. The novel's canvas ranges from Paris in the west to Russia in the east, and confirms Furst's standing as ...Read MoreAlan Furst's new novel brings alive one of the lesser known locales of the Second World War: Hungary, which managed against all odds to preserve its neutrality until 1944, after which it paid a terrible price for those uneasy years of peace. The novel's canvas ranges from Paris in the west to Russia in the east, and confirms Furst's standing as the leading contemporary novelist of espionage and war. 'Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless' -- Robert Harris 'Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years' -- TimeRead Less
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Excellent book really captures the uncertain atmosphere of wartime Europe. The authors research is very impressive
Jun 7, 2007
A living legend
No body on earth has the ability to transport your thoughts back to the era of World War II like Alan Furst. A master craftsman with a sublime skill. Those who miss his books really really are missing the opportunity to experience what I termed as a masterpiece of literature writer alive. In his genre, Alan Furst has no peers!
Publishers Weekly, 2000-11-06 The desperation of "stateless" people trying to escape the Nazi redrawing of the European map in the late 1930s pervades Furst's (Night Soldiers; Red Gold, etc.) marvelous sixth espionage thriller. On a rainy night in 1938, the train from Budapest pulls into Paris bearing Nicholas Morath, a playboy Hungarian expatriate and sometime spy for his uncle, a wealthy Hungarian diplomat based in the French capital. Morath, a veteran hero of the Great War and a Parisian for many years, now finds himself forced to rely on former enemies to try to rescue Eastern European fugitives displaced by Hitler's aggression. His eclectic circle includes a Russian gangster, a pair of destitute but affable near-tramps, and a smooth-talking SS officer. Smuggling forged passports, military intelligence documents and cash through imminent war zones, Morath time and again returns in thankless triumph to the glittering salons of Paris. Furst expertly weaves Morath's apparently unconnected assignments into the web of a crucial 11th-hour international conspiracy to topple Hitler before all-out war engulfs Europe again, counterbalancing scenes of fascist-inspired chaos with the sounds, smells and anxieties of a world dancing on the edge of apocalypse. The novel is more than just a cloak-and-dagger thrill ride; it is a time machine, transporting readers directly into the dread period just before Europe plunged into its great Wagnerian gtterdmmerung. This is Furst's best book since The Polish Officer, and in it he proves himself once again a master of literary espionage. (Jan. 19) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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