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The Foreign Correspondent

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By 1939, thousands of Italian intellectuals, teachers and lawyers, journalists and scientists, had fled Mussolini's fascist government and found ... Show synopsis

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LORENZO

I SPY

by LORENZO on Apr 23, 2007

Alan Furst, who writes about the despair and danger of living in Europe before and during WWII as well as anyone in the business, took a romantic, almost Hollywoodish turn with his last few books set in Paris. But his newest is anything but romantic ? although his hero, Reuters reporter and Italian anti-fascist Carlo Weisz (he was born in Trieste, child of a Slavic father and an Italian mother) does manage to find time for a healthy ration of sexual encounters. Weisz leads a double life ? both halves dangerous. He writes for an anti-fascist newspaper called Liberazione, one of hundreds secretly printed and smuggled into Italy to support Mussolini's enemies. When agents of Italy's secret police murder the man in charge, Weisz becomes the journal's editor. As a Reuters reporter based in Paris, Weisz also gets the chance to travel to Spain for the end of the Civil War in 1938, to Prague for the invasion of the Sudetenland, and to Berlin twice ? the last time in 1939 to report on the Pact of Steel just signed between Germany and Italy, finally dashing all hopes that the Italians would stay out of a larger battle. Outside the Reich Chancellery, "thousands of Hitler Youth filled the streets, waving flags and singing? Weisz could feel the fearful energy of the crowd, intense eyes, rapturous faces. Now, he thought, there will surely be war. The people in the street would demand it, would kill relentlessly, and, in time, would have to be killed. These children would not surrender."

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