The Book of Spies

An Anthology of Literary Espionage
(Book - 2003)
The Book of Spies

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An anthology of the world's best literary espionage, selected by a contemporary master of the genre, Alan Furst. Here is an extraordinary collection of work from some of the finest novelists of the twentieth century. Inspired by the politics of tyranny or war, each of these writers chose the base elements of spy fiction--highly evolved spy fiction--as the framework for a literary novel. Thus Alan Furst offers a diverse array of selections that combine raw excitement and intellectual sophistication in an expertly guided tour of the dark world of clandestine conflict. These are not just stories of professional intelligence officers. We meet diplomats, political police,agents provocateurs, secret operatives, resistance fighters, and assassins--players in the Great Game, or victims of the Cold War.The Book of Spiesbrings us the aristocratic intrigues ofThe Scarlet Pimpernel, in which French émigrés duel with Robespierre's secret service; the savage political realities of the 1930s in Eric Ambler's classicA Coffin for Dimitrios;the ordinary citizens (well, almost) of John le Carré'sThe Russia House, who are drawn into Cold War spy games; and the 1950s Vietnam of Graham Greene'sThe Quiet American, with its portrait of American idealism and duplicity. Drawing on acknowledged classics and rediscovered treasures, Alan Furst'sThe Book of Spiesdelivers literate entertainment and excitement on every page.
Title: The book of spies
an anthology of literary espionage
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2003
Characteristics: xi, 374 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Alan Furst
Contents: Eric Ambler, from A coffin for Dimitrios
Anthony Burgess, from Tremor of intent
Joseph Conrad, from Under western eyes
Maxim Gorky, from The spy
Graham Greene, from The quiet American
John Le Carre, from The honourable schoolboy
Compton Mackenzie, from Water on the brain
W. Somerset Maugham, from Ashenden
Charles McCarry, from The tears of autumn
Baroness Emmuska Orczy, from The scarlet pimpernel
John Steinbeck, from The moon is down
Rebecca West, from The birds fall down
Additional Contributors: Furst, Alan
ISBN: 067964251X
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOOK
Subject Headings: Spy stories, English
Topical Term: Spy stories, English
LCCN: 2002067070
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