Alan Furst (; born 1941) is an American author of historical spy novels. Furst has been called “an heir to the tradition of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene,” whom he cites along with Joseph Roth and Arthur Koestler as important influences. Most of his novels since 1988 have been set just prior to or during the Second World War and he is noted for his successful evocations of Eastern European peoples and places during the period from 1933 to 1944.
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Alan Furst (; born 1941) is an American author of historical spy novels. Furst has been called “an beneficiary to the tradition of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene,” whom he cites along when Joseph Roth and Arthur Koestler as important influences. Most of his novels before 1988 have been set just prior to or during the Second World War and he is noted for his well-to-do evocations of Eastern European peoples and places during the times from 1933 to 1944.
Born in New York City, and raised upon the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he attended the Horace Mann School, Furst customary a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962 and an M.A. from Penn State in 1967.
While attending general studies courses at Columbia University, he became acquainted in the announce of Margaret Mead, for whom he superior worked. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Furst worked in advertising and wrote magazine articles, most notably for Esquire, and as a columnist for the International Herald Tribune.
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I was raised on John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. Something about this genre - hard-boiled-private-eye-with-heart-of-gold - never failed to take me away from whatever difficulties haunted my daily world to a wonderful land where I was no more than an enthralled spectator.
I write about the period 1933-42, and I read books written during those years: books by foreign correspondents of the time, histories of the time written contemporaneously or just afterwards, autobiographies and biographies of people who were there, present-day histories of the period, and novels written during those times.
My father died when I was young, and my mother, Ruth, went to work in an office selling theater and movie parties. She put me through private school, Horace Mann, in Riverdale. She sent me to camp so that I would learn to compete. She was a lioness, and I was her cub.
Poland is a wildly dramatic and tragic story. It's just unbelievable what went on with those people. How they survive, I don't really know. The Germans had a particular hatred for the Poles, they really considered them subhuman Slavs, and they were very brutal to them.