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One I Like: from Christian Potholm '62

  • Christian Potholm '62
  • DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government

The Novels of Alan Furst

Alan Furst writes first-rate historical spy novels set in Europe just prior to, during, and at the end of World War II. They are all about ordinary people from Poland, Hungary, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, France, Germany, and other counties who are caught up in war and how they try to cope with the demands of their personal lives and the demands—both wanted and unwantedof their countries.     

Meticulously researched, carefully designed and populated with very believable characters, Furst’s books intrigue and delight in equal measure. From his initial Night Soldiers to his latest The Spies of Warsaw [and now Spies of the Balkans], Furst draws the reader into his imaginary world that seems very real indeed. In a review of The Foreign Correspondent, the Los Angles Times wrote “As close to heaven as popular fiction can get.” I agree.

Posted September 01, 2010