Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
A Novel

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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-creates
the 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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About Alan Furst

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Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.
 
Published November 19, 2008 by Random House. 516 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Top in his class, Khristo forms a secret alliance with several fellow students--an alliance that surfaces again and again in the years that follow as Stoianev sees bloody action in the Spanish Civil War and then, fleeing the Stalinist purges, holes up in Paris.

Jan 25 1987 | Read Full Review of Night Soldiers: A Novel

The National Interest

Rather like the Napoleonic naval tales of Patrick O'Brian, Furst's novels have become an interesting cultural phenomenon, not least because his plots are less than riveting and his characters (particularly the women) often wooden or sketchily drawn.

Dec 01 2004 | Read Full Review of Night Soldiers: A Novel

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