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Night Soldiersby Alan Furst
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Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin?s purges, Khristo flees to Paris.
Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934?45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.
"Intelligent and absorbing....An unusual viewpoint, solid research and unobtrusively elegant writing make this pure pleasure to read." Kirkus Reviews
"Intelligent, ambitious, absorbing....The history is deftly incorporated; the viewpoint civilized; the characters and the settings picturesque; the adventures exciting; the writing pungent." Walter Goodman, The New York Times
"Evocative, moving....Furst shows a remarkable talent, integrating details about the cultures of Spain, France and Eastern Europe with a fascinating story of the constantly changing, constantly unpredictable events of that world at war." Publishers Weekly
"Night Soldiers has everything the best thrillers offer — excitement, intrigue, romance — plus grown-up writing, characters that matter, and a crisp, carefully researched portrait of the period in which our own postwar world was shaped." USA Today
"The conventions are familiar, but Furst's talent for creating thumbnail sketches of his players, the attention he pays to detail — what his characters eat and wear and read, the way the weather mocks or complements the dire circumstances — makes everything seem newly minted. It's those other books and movies depicting wartime intrigue that feel clichéd, never mind that they came first. Furst writes with the vividness of an originator....A great entertainer, Furst would probably be considered our finest practicing historical novelist if he weren't writing espionage novels." Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"A spy novel, a war story, an adventure, a survivor's tale — Night Soldiers is all this and more." The Seattle Times
"An engaging writer and Esquire contributor, Furst deploys communists, fascists, and American naifs in Europe's theater of war and supports the action and romance with well-researched detail." Library Journal
"Night Soldiers is an atmospheric journey through turbulent lands at a turbulent time, not so much a thriller as it is a panoramic, historical adventure." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"One of the very best novels ever written about the inner world of Soviet intelligence....This fine novel, in effect the memoir so many did not live to write for themselves, is a triumph of historical imagination." Thomas Powers, author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets
"Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless." Robert Harris, Daily Mail
Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934-1945: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and the guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944.
Night Soldiers is the first of Alan Furst's highly acclaimed novels recreating the atmosphere and tension of the worlds of espionage and resistance in Europe in the 1930s and World War II.
About the Author
Often compared to Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, Alan Furst is a master of the spy thriller and one of the great war novelists of our time. He is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, and The World at Night. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
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