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Monday, June 28, 2010
Alan Furst discusses his latest novel, Spies of the Balkans. It’s set in a Greek port town in 1940 and tells the story of a man who risks everything to right the world’s wrongs.
I am a committed Alan Furst fan so I was thrilled to hear his voice at last on Leronard Lopate's program. Once I sent Mr. Furst a citation about a scholarly book on the German occupation of France about which he was unaware. He was most gracious in acknowledging my information. I've read all his spy novels, and I send them to a friend in Sweden who prefers to read in English. She adores Furst as much as I do. If this is an addiction, I never want to be cured.
Speaking of anti-semitic louts, I have great sympathy for any Ukrainian who survived the Sowiet-engineered famine, but it is diminished by stories of the cruelty and callousness of those who became camp guards later on...I think there's a story there.
Did this author also invent the Internet?
I like Mr Furst's books very well, with only one quibble: no-one seems to make inopportune mistakes in French. Admittedly, many of the people listening to their French are typically German, and some of his protagonists are U-types who might have been raised by French governesses, but still: passing for a native speaker is _hard_.
Another book/show about what else? Jews.
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