Night Soldiers: A Novel

Kobo ebook | November 19, 2008

byAlan Furst

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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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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 E...

Furst received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962 and an M.A. from Penn State in 1967. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Furst worked in advertising and wrote magazine articles, most notably for Esquire, and as a columnist for the International Herald Tribune His early novels (1976-1983) achieved limited success. However, the 1988...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 19, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307488810

ISBN - 13:9780307488817

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Great story, extremely well researched background. History coming alive. Will definitely read other books by this author.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from War, Espionage, and Politics...All in One This is my first Alan Furst read, and it won't be my last. Someone here on Goodreads raved about this author, and others joined in the rave...and not being someone who ignores the suggestion of a new and good author, i quickly requested "Night Soldiers" from the library. After reading the first 40 pages i wondered what i had gotten myself into and what the fuss was all about...only to be hit with the wonder on page 41. Furst is an amazing author who builds a story around the tumultuous and devastating time of about 1934 to 1945...a time when it seemed the world had gone crazy fighting for what seemed to be far too many political ideologies. Fighting for so long that people soon lost any sense of what side they were on or should be on and being able only to focus on one thing...survival. While there are many characters in this book, for the most part you follow Khristo Stoianev, a Bulgarian peasant, as he leaves his small town for first Moscow, then Spain...then on to Paris before heading back into Eastern Europe. Facism, Communism...where are the lines and where do they cross? I found myself reading and holding my breath, wanting the best outcome for the characters i'd come to know, wanting everything to be rosy and sweet...but of course, this was World War II...and rosy and sweet competed and lost against reality and injustice. I was sad to see this book end...i read the last pages as slowly as i could to let the story linger...
Date published: 2011-07-01