Night soldiers

Alan Furst.

Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin's purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-createsthe European world of 1934-45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.


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Mary Ellen RaunPosted January 4, 2010

No one captures the darkness descending on Europe during the years leading up to World War II and the war years themselves better than Alan Furst.  The thinking man's espionage novels, they center on ordinary people trying to survive in confusin...

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