The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage

The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage

By: Furst, Alan [Editor]; Furst, Alan [Introduction];

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pp374; Hardcopy with paper dust jacket in acceptable condition; Clean pages; Light edgewear at top/bottom of spine; inner hinge is loose; lavender board with silver title on spineHere 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 Spies brings us the aristocratic intrigues of The Scarlet Pimpernel, in which French migrs duel with Robespierre?s secret service; the savage political realities of the 1930s in Eric Ambler?s classic A Coffin for Dimitrios; the ordinary citizens (well, almost) of John le Carr?s The Russia House, who are drawn into Cold War spy games; and the 1950s Vietnam of Graham Greene?s The Quiet American, with its portrait of American idealism and duplicity.

Title: The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage

Author Name: Furst, Alan [Editor]; Furst, Alan [Introduction];

Categories: Political Science, Espionage Thrillers,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Modern Library: 2003-05-13

ISBN Number: 067964251X

ISBN Number 13: 9780679642510

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used-Acceptable

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Size: 5.55 x 0.87 x 8.27 inches

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