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Alan Furst and Europe( Richard Derk )
I was sick with the flu recently, so I spent four days on the couch, sleeping and reading through a stack of Alan Furst spy novels: "Night Soldiers," "The Polish Officer," "Red Gold" and others, all set in Europe from 1933 to 1945. Furst, who writes about men caught in deadly games of espionage as Hitler rolls across Europe, was inspired to try fiction after writing several travel articles on the Danube River and Spain. His interest even then was "political travel," he told me in an interview.
-- Susan Spano
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Upper photo: The Eiffel Tower
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