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The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage

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An anthology of the world's best literary espionage, selected by a contemporary master of the genre, Alan Furst. Here is an extraordinary collection of work from some of the finest novelists of the twentieth century. Inspired by the politics of tyranny or war, each of these writers chose the base elements of spy fictionhighly evolved spy fictionas the framework for a literary novel. Thus Alan Furst offers a diverse array of selections that combine raw excitement and intellectual sophistication in an expertly guided tour of the dark world of clandestine conflict. These are not just stories of professional intelligence officers. We meet diplomats, political police,agents provocateurs, secret operatives, resistance fighters, and assassinsplayers in the Great Game, or victims of the Cold War.The Book of Spiesbrings us the aristocratic intrigues ofThe Scarlet Pimpernel, in which French emigres duel with Robespierre's secret service; the savage political realities of the 1930s in Eric Ambler's classicA Coffin for Dimitrios;the ordinary citizens (well, almost) of John le Carre'sThe Russia House, who are drawn into Cold War spy games; and the 1950s Vietnam of Graham Greene'sThe Quiet American, with its portrait of American idealism and duplicity. Drawing on acknowledged classics and rediscovered treasures, Alan Furst'sThe Book of Spiesdelivers literate entertainment and excitement on every page.

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, all of which are available as Random House Trade Paperbacks. 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 / Alan Furst — From A Coffin for Dimitrios / Eric Ambler — From Tremor of Intent / Anthony Burgess — From Under Western Eves / Joseph Conrad — From The Spy / Maxim Gorky — From The Quiet American / Graham Greene — From The Russia House / John le Carre — From Ashenden / W. Somerset Maugham — From The Tears of Autumn / Charles McCarry — From The Scarlet Pimpernel / Baroness Orczy — From The Moon Is Down / John Steinbeck — From The Birds Fall Down / Rebecca West.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588363428
Subtitle:
An Anthology of Literary Espionage
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction:
Furst, Alan
Editor:
Furst, Alan
Author:
Edited and with an Introduction by Alan Furst
Author:
Furst, Alan
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Spy stories, English
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Fiction-Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Fiction-Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Fiction : Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Fiction : Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Espionage
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
374

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