Furst, whom The New York Times calls Americas preeminent spy novelist,
comes an epic story of romantic love, love of country, and love of
freedomthe story of a secret war fought in elegant hotel bars and
first-class railway cars, in the mountains of Spain and the backstreets of
Berlin. It is an inspiring, thrilling saga of everyday people forced by
their hearts passion to fight in the war against tyranny.
By 1938, hundreds of Italian intellectuals, lawyers and journalists,
university professors and scientists had escaped Mussolinis fascist
government and taken refuge in Paris. There, amid the struggles of émigré
life, they founded an Italian resistance, with an underground press that
smuggled news and encouragement back to Italy. Fighting fascism with
typewriters, they produced 512 clandestine newspapers. The Foreign
Correspondent is their story.
Paris, a winter night in 1938: a murder/suicide at a discreet lovers hotel.
But this is no romantic tragedit is the work of the OVRA, Mussolinis
fascist secret police, and is meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione,
a clandestine émigré newspaper. Carlo Weisz, who has fled from Trieste
and secured a job as a foreign correspondent with the Reuters bureau,
becomes the new editor.
Weisz is, at that moment, in Spain, reporting on the last campaign of the
Spanish civil war. But as soon as he returns to Paris, he is pursued by the
French Sûreté, by agents of the OVRA, and by officers of the British
Secret Intelligence Service. In the desperate politics of Europe on the edge
of war, a foreign correspondent is a pawn, worth surveillance, or blackmail,
The Foreign Correspondent is the story of Carlo Weisz and a handful of
antifascists: the army officer known as Colonel Ferrara, who fights for a
lost cause in Spain; Arturo Salamone, the shrewd leader of a resistance
group in Paris; and Christa von Schirren, the woman who becomes the love of
Weiszs life, herself involved in a doomed resistance underground in Berlin.
The Foreign Correspondent is Alan Furst at his absolute besttaut and
powerful, enigmatic and romantic, with sharp, seductive writing that takes
the reader through darkness and intrigue to a spectacular denouement.
has been compared to Graham
Greene and Eric Ambler, and is
considered by many to be 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 The
Furst describes the area of his
interest as "near history." His
novels are set between 1933 and 1945, from Adolf Hitler's ascent, with the first Stalinist purges in Moscow coming a year later, to the end of the war in Europe. Because the history of this period is so well documented, Furst has ample access to books by journalists of the time, personal memoirs, autobiographies (many of the prominent individuals of the period wrote an autobiography), war and political histories, and characteristic novels written during those years.
Set in the weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dr. Rudi Rosenharte, formerly a Stasi foreign agent, is sent to Trieste to rendezvous with his old lover and agent, Annalise Schering. The problem: Rudi knows shes dead.
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