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.... show more
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.
Publish date: July 9th 2002
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
Series: Night Soldiers (#1)
Fleeing persecution by fascists in his village, a Bulgarian peasant allows himself to be recruited into the Russian NKVD, the precursor to the KGB. Thus ushered into the shadowy world of espionage and the Byzantine intrigues of frightened, self-interested men with a little bit of power, Khristo Stoi...
Alan Furst is an elegant writer. Despite jumping around Europe and flashing back and forth between several characters, the narrative never lost my interest. I believe Night Soldiers is one of the first in a series of many, excellent espionage books, written by Alan Furst, set leading up to and dur...
In Bulgaria, in 1934, on a muddy street in the town of Vidin, Kristo Stoianev saw his brother kicked to death by Fascist militia. That's the first line of Furst's Night Soldiers, immediately introducing us to the book's central figure and hinting at the forces personal and political that would driv...
Εντυπωσιακά ζωντανή και λεπτομερής απεικόνιση μιας πολύ ενδιαφέρουσας περιόδου και των τότε πολιτικών γεγονότων και ισορροπιών.Πολύ καλή και ενδιαφέρουσα γραφή, στρωτή, περιγραφική και ιδιαίτερη όσο πρέπει, χωρίς να κουράζει. Ο Furst είναι αναμφισβήτητα εξαιρετικός στο να περιγράφει ολοζώντανα σκηνέ...
I can't believe that I have not heard of this series of books before. What a great read about a Bulgarian turned Soviet spymaster turned defector during the years of World War II. The book was dark, raw, and did a fantastic job of placing the reader in the Europe of the time. I felt it was realis...