Alan Furst to appear in Los Angeles on Thursday
"I remember sitting at my desk, in my apartment in Paris," he told the L.A. Times in 2008, "staring out the window and saying to myself, 'Why me? Where do I get off recording the death of old Europe?' This seems supremely strange, since I'm in every way an indistinguishable Jewish writer from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But this interest that drives me, I don't know where that came from."
Furst's new novel, released just last week, is "Spies of the Balkans," set in the city of Salonica in 1940. While Furst has written four stand-alone novels, he's hit his stride with his current series, which began with "Night Soldiers" in 1988. "Spies of the Balkans" is the series' 11th novel.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Alan Furst. Credit: Shonna Valeska
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