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THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, A NOVEL. (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Alan. Furst

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Authors:Alan. Furst
Info:Random House, (2006), Hardcover
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The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst (2006)

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Review: The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst. 05/23/2017

Alan Furst is a great Spy Novelist. Some of his books can be confusing or complex if the reader doesn’t keep take of events or understand how a spy maneuvers through a story. I have read a few of Alan Furst other books and I think he is an excellent writer. This is an impressive story about romancing love, love of the country, and love of freedom.

Alan Furst traverses the time frame from December 1938 to July 1939 and navigates through Italy, Berlin, and a great deal in Paris. The main character Carlo Weisz an Italian political refugee, works as a foreign correspondent for a news agency in Paris. However, he has a second job working as editor to a clandestine newspaper that is part of the resistance against Mussolini’s advocated supportive government. Carlo Weisz doesn’t stop there, he is also a ghostwriter for Colonel Ferrara, an Italian army officer whose writing a book about his military experiences. Weisz is spreading himself thin and he becomes an open target of the Italian underground organization. Plus, he still has time for romance with Christa von Schirren who lives in Berlin and is married. Weisz wants Christa by his side when he goes to Paris but she declines stating she had unfinished work with the anti-Nazi underground members.

When Weisz arrives in Paris it doesn’t take long before he thinks of another female companion, a Paris art dealer. While in Paris he writes for the Liberazione underground newspaper and then smuggles his work to Genoa, it gets printed and distributed throughout Italy while Paris awaits the first protest of WWII and Europe leaders celebrate diplomacy, deception, double-dealing and betrayal. When agents of the Italian secret police murdered the editor of the Liberazione underground newspaper Weisz harbors a powerful responsibility to keep the paper running. It wasn’t long before the secret police turn towards Weisz and his colleagues, forcing them to struggle to stay alive while planning to over-throw the government…

“In Desperate politics of Europe on the edge of war, a foreign correspondent is a pawn, worth surveillance, blackmail or murder.“------ ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 23, 2017 |
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 fellow Italian ex-pats when the editor of Liberazione and his mistress, the wife of a prominent Frenchman, are brutally murdered in an act made to look like murder-suicide. And finally, Carlo's German girlfriend won't leave Germany despite her anti-Hitler activities putting her in danger.

There's a lot going on in this book, yet Furst takes his usual pace laying out the story, giving readers a feel of life in 1940 Europe, from the civil war in Spain, to fascist Italy, life-as-usual Paris, and tense Berlin. The civilian-enlisted-as-spy, painstakingly researched and recreated settings are Furst's stock-in-trade, yet the stories never feel old or repetitive. Carlo is an engaging protagonist trying to do the right thing for his homeland, and Furst is a skilled storyteller, a perfect combination. ( )
1 vote ShellyS | Oct 20, 2016 |
Minimal plot but exceptional Resistance in Paris atmospherics. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
Furst doing Furst. The quality of all Furst's books are very similar, very good. This time it's Carlo Weisz, the foreign correspondent, doing his spy thing in Paris and Berlin. A good read but I don't think it's his best. ( )
  viking2917 | Mar 3, 2016 |
Yet another book that causes me to lament the fact that genre fiction gets no respect. This is beautifully written, beautifully crafted and much more than a "spy novel." ( )
  susan259 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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...this time around Furst has produced a curiously inert book that is missing both the percussive drive of more commercial spy novels and the fully realized characters of le Carré and Greene. It is an honest effort — Furst is too good a writer and too professional to offer anything less — and it has its pleasures, but they are served dutifully and without great vigor. No one will ask for a second helping of Carlo Weisz.

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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 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 émigré 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 émigré 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 Sûreté, 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.

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In 1939 Paris, the murder of an Italian political emigre OVRA, Mussolini's secret police, brings new danger to his successor, Carlo Weisz, who finds himself the target of OVRA, MI6, Stalin's NKVD, and Hitler's Gestapo.

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