By Alan Furst
From Alan Furst, whom the hot York occasions calls “America’s preeminent undercover agent novelist,” comes an epic tale of romantic love, love of state, and love of freedom–the tale of a mystery battle fought in dependent inn bars and top quality railway vehicles, within the mountains of Spain and the backstreets of Berlin. it's an inspiring, exciting saga of daily humans compelled by way of their hearts’ ardour to struggle within the battle opposed to tyranny.
By 1938, thousands of Italian intellectuals, legal professionals and newshounds, college professors and scientists had escaped Mussolini’s fascist govt and brought safe haven in Paris. There, amid the struggles of émigré lifestyles, they based an Italian resistance, with an underground press that smuggled information and encouragement again to Italy. battling fascism with typewriters, they produced 512 clandestine newspapers. The international Correspondent is their story.
Paris, a iciness evening in 1938: a murder/suicide at a discreet lovers’ resort. yet this is often no romantic traged–it is the paintings of the OVRA, Mussolini’s fascist mystery police, and is intended to dispose of the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine émigré newspaper. Carlo Weisz, who has fled from Trieste and secured a role as a overseas correspondent with the Reuters bureau, turns into the hot editor.
Weisz is, at that second, in Spain, reporting at the final crusade of the Spanish civil conflict. yet once he returns to Paris, he's pursued through the French Sûreté, through brokers of the OVRA, and by way of officials of the British mystery Intelligence provider. within the determined politics of Europe at the fringe of warfare, a overseas correspondent is a pawn, worthy surveillance, or blackmail, or murder.
The overseas Correspondent is the tale of Carlo Weisz and a handful of antifascists: the military officer often called “Colonel Ferrara,” who fights for a misplaced reason in Spain; Arturo Salamone, the smart chief of a resistance crew in Paris; and Christa von Schirren, the lady who turns into the affection of Weisz’s lifestyles, herself excited by a doomed resistance underground in Berlin.
The overseas Correspondent is Alan Furst at his absolute best–taut and robust, enigmatic and romantic, with sharp, seductive writing that takes the reader via darkness and intrigue to a superb denouement.