The Foreign Correspondent From Alan Furst whom The New York Times calls America s preeminent spy novelist comes an epic story of romantic love love of country and love of freedom the story of a secret war fought in elegant

  • Title: The Foreign Correspondent
  • Author: Alan Furst
  • ISBN: 9780812967975
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Alan Furst, whom The New York Times calls America s preeminent spy novelist, comes an epic story of romantic love, love of country, and love of freedom the 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 hearFrom Alan Furst, whom The New York Times calls America s preeminent spy novelist, comes an epic story of romantic love, love of country, and love of freedom the 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 Mussolini s fascist government and taken refuge in Paris There, amid the struggles of migr 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 traged it is the work of the OVRA, Mussolini s fascist secret police, and is meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine migr 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 S ret , 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 Weisz s life, herself involved in a doomed resistance underground in Berlin.The Foreign Correspondent is Alan Furst at his absolute best taut and powerful, enigmatic and romantic, with sharp, seductive writing that takes the reader through darkness and intrigue to a spectacular denouement.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. “A fat man with a Nazi party pin in his lapel played Cole Porter on a white piano.” ― Alan Furst, The Foreign CorrespondentA nice solid Furst novel. I took a small pause from reading Furst because his books had started to all be blending in together (maybe by design), but 'The Foreign Correspondent' was like a well-timed nosh. The story was tight and well-paced, there was an interesting memoir-within-a-novel that worked rather well since the protagonist in the novel was the ghost-writer of [...]

    2. I found this book very disappointing. I snatched it from a bookshelf at home, thinking it was the book that provided the basis for Hitchcock’s 1940 film, “Foreign Correspondent.“ Oops. It is a 1930’s spy novel all right, but one published in 2006 by highly regarded writer Alan Furst. Ok. No big deal. It could still be pretty good, right? I have enjoyed more than a few books that transport one back to the time and place, capturing a certain feel. I was still hoping for Hitchcockian advent [...]

    3. "This is a war, and, in war, sometimes you lose, sometimes you win, and, sometimes, when you think you've lost, you've won."

    4. Stars-wise, this is either a strong 3 or a weak 4. Normally, I would rate Alan Furst's novels more highly, and this one was a solid 4-star up until the last 50 pages or so. I think the problem I had was that the author doesn't seem to flesh out the last part of the story enough. Furst gives us a lovely build-up, but when his protagonist is in the most danger, he (the author) rushes through to the end. Still, I was entertained. All the usual elements were there: exiles and refugees, Stalinist age [...]

    5. an excellent portrayal of anti-fascist resistance, in this case against Mussolini. Furst's place descriptions, as always, are superb. The plot is satisfyingly complex, and the ending is appropriately ambiguous - the lives Furst explores never have clear demarcations.

    6. I enjoyed this adventure through Paris on the eve of the Second World War, partly because of all the references to newspaper journalism as a force for good, partly for its portrait of emigres' lives that don't seem so dissimilar from my own as an expat in a foreign land, and partly because the age we live in feels a lot like a prelude to disaster and it's inspiring to feel that people of conscience in a previous age could make a difference, if at great personal cost. Oh, and did I mention that t [...]

    7. I picked this book up because I was so taken with the first Furst book I read, "The Spies of Warsaw." Also, Furst is considered a master of the historical spy novel, and he is writing about the time period I am writing about. More or less. So why not sit back and watch a master at work?I found "The Foreign Correspondent" to be slightly disappointing, particularly when held up to "Warsaw."The problem I think I had with this novel was that we never really got to know enough about the main characte [...]

    8. In the world of Alan Furst the clock is set to either just before the start of or just after the start of the Second World War. He excels at presenting that sick feeling in the pit of the stomach that things are likely to get much worse and soon.The Foreign Correspondent is the story of Reuters foreign correspondent Carlo Weisz, from Trieste, who now lives in Paris working for Reuters, and in his spare time editing an anti-fascist publication called Liberazione, which is attracting the unwelcom [...]

    9. This turned out to be really yummy. Good "cloak and dagger" stuff, but with nary a cloak nor a dagger in sight. Italian emigres living in Paris put together newspapers to be smuggled into Italy, where Mussolini has control of the information flow. This was much quieter than a lot of spy/war novels. Instead of the fast-paced action, it depicts what life was like in Europe immediately before WWII began in earnest. Everyone was tense, knowing war was coming, but not knowing what they should do or h [...]

    10. Thank you, Susan, for turning me on to this well-told spy story. I have to believe that Furst is among the best in this genre. The setting--Europe in the 30’s, in the throes of fascism--is so fateful and Furst’s knowledge of the era is impressive. He gave his characters enough life to care about them, too, which I don’t imagine is always the case with stories of this sort. I have to say I also came away with a greater appreciation for historical fiction, in general. It’s such a painless [...]

    11. I think the motto for this book has to be "Il faut en finir" -- roughly, this can't go on.This story takes place toward the end of 1938 through the summer of 1939' it follows the experiences of Carlo Weisz and his fellow refugees from the Mussolini regime in Paris. Carlo is in an extremely unique position as a journalist working for the Reuters News Service in Paris, miles above pretty insubstantial jobs his colleagues have -- he is the only one in the emigre group that is able to pursue his pro [...]

    12. Another fun thriller listened to in the car. This one narrated by Alfred Molina, who does a great job with all the accents, except for pronouncing Madchen Maadchen:-(

    13. The Foreign Correspondent opens with an assassination. The reader sees it unfold through the eyes of its mastermind: a shadowy figure seated at the back of a luxury sedan, the silver medal of the Italian Fascist Party pinned to his lapel. With icy satisfaction he watches his victim enter a Paris hotel on a rainy evening in 1938, where a gunman bearing a silencer-tipped Beretta is waiting. Yet there is no mystery to this murder. It is intended as a direct, chilling message to the community of Ita [...]

    14. Ero indeciso tra 2 e 3 stelle. La storia mi è piaciuta (è il mio genere) ma trovo che lo stile narrativo sia poco fluido e troppo spesso ho dovuto rileggere dei pezzi. Il difetto maggiore di questo romanzo, tuttavia, è il finale, troppo frettoloso: l'autore lascia troppe situazioni irrisolte, troppe cose non dette, bastavano poche pagine in più per conferire l'adeguata compiutezza a una trama che, davvero, meritava un finale meno precipitoso.

    15. This novel by Alan Furst spans the period from December 1938 to July 1939 and takes place in Italy, Berlin, but mostly in Paris. The central character is Carlo Weisz, an Italian émigré whose day job is a foreign correspondent for the Reuters bureau in Paris. But his writing talents also have him working at odd hours as editor and occasional contributor to a clandestine newspaper that is part of the resistance against Mussolini's fascist government. He’s also the ghostwriter on behalf of Co [...]

    16. Meticulously researched, painstakingly detailed historical portrait of the Italian resistance (esp in France) during WWII: I learned more about the war reading this than I ever did in a history class in school- this is the kind of book that induces one to look up every reference and, along the way, learn about aspects of history it may never have occurred to one to ask about. Such as: the existence of King Zog I, self-proclaimed King of Albania and only Muslim king in all of Europe; the plight o [...]

    17. Not bad, but not really satisfying. Spy fiction gives a writer an opportunity to challenge readers' preconceived notions of right and wrong. Many of LeCarre's books do that. Foreign Correspondent does not. Its basic moral premise is that Fascists and Nazis are bad. That was pretty much resolved by the time I was born (and I am old).Spy fiction also gives an opportunity for action. Aside from a brief passage in the Spanish Civil War, the book's only action has the protagonist hit from behind (the [...]

    18. This novel was quite a revelation with its focus resting on events between the two great wars. As the storm clouds of World War II are looming we are there via Alan Furst’s pen, experiencing the noir-like, uneasy last hurrah of a free Paris (including a brief dalliance with the film world); to soon fall under the grip of the jackbooted Nazi hordes. In the meantime anxiety builds as loyalties are split. The Communists metastasize their subversive ways in their quest for power as the sinister fo [...]

    19. Alan Furst’s stories are thrillers with a small t. They grab and pull you along, but the storytelling is subtle and deep, avoiding melodrama and high tension plotting that often characterise capital T thrillers. They are sumptuous meals of carefully blended tastes, rather than the zip of junk food. And so it is with The Foreign Correspondent. As with all Furst novels, the prose is excellent, the narrative is well structured and textured, and his characters are complex, living multi-dimensional [...]

    20. Terrific book! I've had this for a while but finally got around to reading it on my iPhone, thanks to forgetting another book for the subway. Alan Furst recreates the sense of despair, terror, menace, and claustrophobia of a group of antifascist emigres in Paris in the months leading to the invasion of Poland and the start of World War II. The main character, an Italian journalist at the center of the group named Carlo, was intriguing and intelligent, and his fears, hopes, and passion for the br [...]

    21. I wouldn't call Furst's World War II-era spy novels page turners, but they are addictive. In this one, Carlo Weisz is an Italian ex-pat living in Paris, working as a journalist for the Reuters news service, and secretly writing and editing an anti-fascist newspaper distributed covertly in Italy. As if that isn't enough, the Italian secret police are trying to put an end to the underground newspaper and British Intelligence has plans for him. Even the Paris police are interested him and his fello [...]

    22. Back on dry land with book №9 in the "Night Soldiers" series. This time we follow in the footsteps of Carlo Weiss, a correspondent with the Reuters News Agency. An exile from Trieste in Italy, he is now based in Paris. With the aid of others he is involved with the running of an underground anti-fascist news publication. This publication is part of the initial resistance to Mussolini. The timescale leads the reader through the times just before, and just after, Italy made their pact with Nazi [...]

    23. Furst is a master. This is a superbly crafted, supple and spare, fiction of an Italian emigrant working for the Italian resistance in Paris in 1939. The resistance here is one of information, not military action. Carlo Weisz is a journalist working as a stringer for Reuters, and, after the assassination of its editor, the editor for Liberazione, an anti-fascist newspaper. His colleagues are like-minded exiles but amateur journalists and amateur operatives. They are challenged by Mussolini’s se [...]

    24. As my first foray into espionage thrillers, I was excited to see what was ahead -- would it be military-focused and procedural (ala Tom Clancy?) I hoped not. I wanted something more akin to Patricia Highsmith. I wanted brooding, the anti-hero, classic European sights, twisting plot, dark and light characters.I definitely got that -- and more: history, pre-WWII, insights into the political machineries that Hollywood-produced movies self-centeredly miss.As a fan of fantasy books, with their self-p [...]

    25. The ForeignPromised much, delivered little.It felt a little like he was avoiding telling the story he should have, maybe even really wanted to. A huge missed opportunity, no matter how languid, evocative and well-written it was.I'll give some of his others a go, but there's gonna have to be a dramatic improvement after this let-down.

    26. Beautifully written. The ending felt a little anti-climatic, and the plot progressed much slower than you might expect for a political intrigue novel. Certainly worth reading.Now that a few months have passed I should comment that this book has aged well. I refer to it often and remember it fondly.

    27. I loved this book, for the characters, the plot, the time period. Got a feel for the pre-2nd world war in Europe and the stress of the life of a foreign correspondent. Yes, I know it is a novel, but Furst writes "first"-rate fiction. Pure plot and character, little sex or violence, just a good yarn, well told.

    28. The book was well researched, detailed, and highly engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of history, drama, and romance.

    29. Alan Furst is a master at creating the edge-of-seat, heart-pounding atmosphere and tension of 1938 as the world teeters unsteadily on the cusp of plunging into a war driven by the fanatic racism of a megalomaniac. Hitler’s attempt to pacify leaders of other countries is all dissimulation, for his actions don’t match his words. Desperate conversations among world politicians are wringing what hope and optimism they can from diplomatic approaches to avoid war. Britain and France are franticall [...]

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