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The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage

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Here is an extraordinary collection of the world's best literary espionage, selected by Alan Furst, a contemporary master of the genre. The Book of Spies brings us the aristocratic intrigues of The Scarlet Pimpernel, in which French émigrés duel with Robespierre's secret service; the savage political realities of the 1930s in Eric Ambler's classic A Coffin for Dimitrios; the ordinary (well, almost) citizens of John le Carré's The Russia House, who are drawn into Cold War spy games; and the 1950s Vietnam of Graham Greene's The Quiet American, with its portrait of American idealism and duplicity. Drawing on acknowledged classics and rediscovered treasures, The Book of Spies delivers literate entertainment and excitement on every page.

Review:

"A master of the form culls from the cream of the cloak-and-dagger crop....Twelve expertly chosen tales of secret operatives: shadowy and elusive, cunningly written and thrillingly fraught with peril." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Furst shows some spirit in his selections....Furst is very good...at pinpointing the influence on the genre of the various authors....A superior anthology for anyone interested in the roots of espionage fiction." Bill Ott, Booklist

Review:

"In addition to impeccable timing, Spies boasts the perfect editor in Alan Furst....Furst's selections for this anthology explore the same territory [as his acclaimed novels], and he chooses them with an expert hand....Furst's literary archaeology digs up gems." Zach Dundas, The Willamette Week (Portland, OR)

Review:

"This volume...doesn't break new ground, but it does place the genre in perspective....This very literary look at a popular genre is recommended for all libraries with large collections of thrillers." Library Journal

Review:

"Spanning nearly three quarters of a century...this handy sampler touches on many high points of spy writing....In this case, fiction is more thrilling than truth." Time Out New York

Review:

"[A] dazzling anthology....The writing — whether displaying the cold clarity of Maugham or the pained lyricism of McCarry — is splendid." The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. He is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, and Blood of Victory. Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially Paris. He now lives on Long Island, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction
From A Coffin for Dimitrios 3
From Tremor of Intent 47
From Under Western Eves 81
From The Spy 121
From The Quiet American 149
From The Russia House 181
From Ashenden 207
From The Tears of Autumn 252
From The Scarlet Pimpernel 285
From The Moon Is Down 312
From The Birds Fall Down 334
Permission Credits 373

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375759598
Editor:
Furst, Alan
Publisher:
Modern Library
Editor:
Furst, Alan
Author:
Edited and with an Introduction by Alan Furst
Author:
Furst, Alan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
June 8, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.86 in. .67 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Modern Library - English 9780375759598 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A master of the form culls from the cream of the cloak-and-dagger crop....Twelve expertly chosen tales of secret operatives: shadowy and elusive, cunningly written and thrillingly fraught with peril."
"Review" by , "Furst shows some spirit in his selections....Furst is very good...at pinpointing the influence on the genre of the various authors....A superior anthology for anyone interested in the roots of espionage fiction."
"Review" by , "In addition to impeccable timing, Spies boasts the perfect editor in Alan Furst....Furst's selections for this anthology explore the same territory [as his acclaimed novels], and he chooses them with an expert hand....Furst's literary archaeology digs up gems."
"Review" by , "This volume...doesn't break new ground, but it does place the genre in perspective....This very literary look at a popular genre is recommended for all libraries with large collections of thrillers."
"Review" by , "Spanning nearly three quarters of a century...this handy sampler touches on many high points of spy writing....In this case, fiction is more thrilling than truth."
"Review" by , "[A] dazzling anthology....The writing — whether displaying the cold clarity of Maugham or the pained lyricism of McCarry — is splendid."
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