Set in the perilous period of transition before the outbreak of World War II, when hundreds of Italian intellectuals and journalists fled to Paris. As they formed resistance groups and founded clandestine newspapers, spies from nations friendly and hostile moved freely in their midst. Carlo Weisz doubles as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, and the editor of an underground antifascist newspaper. But even his cover job offers no security: In these dangerous times, any journalist is fair game.
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, or murder.
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.
In Paris, the
last days of autumn; a gray, troubled sky at daybreak, the fall of twilight
at noon, followed, at seven-thirty, by slanting rains and black umbrellas as
the people of the city hurried home past the bare trees. On the third of
December, 1938, in the heart of the Seventh Arrondissement, a
champagne-colored Lancia sedan turned the corner of the rue Saint-Dominique
and rolled to a stop in the rue Augereau. Then the man in the backseat
leaned forward for a moment and the chauffeur drove a few feet further and
stopped again, this time in the shadow between two streetlamps.
The man in the back of the Lancia was called Ettore, il conte Amandola--the nineteenth Ettore, Hector, in the Amandola line, and count only the grandest of his titles. Closer to sixty than fifty, he had dark, slightly bulging eyes, as though life had surprised him, though it had never dared to do that, and a pink flush along his cheekbones, which suggested a bottle of ...
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 ...
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