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Kingdom of Shadows (2000)

por Alan Furst

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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:Kingdom of Shadows must be called a spy novel, but it transcends genre, as did some Graham Greene and Eric Ambler classics.The Washington Post

Paris, 1938. As Europe edges toward war, Nicholas Morath, an urbane former cavalry officer, spends his days working at the small advertising agency he owns and his nights in the bohemian circles of his Argentine mistress. But Morath has been recruited by his uncle, Count Janos Polanyi, a diplomat in the Hungarian legation, for operations against Hitlers Germany. It is Morath who does Polanyis clandestine work, moving between the beach cafs of Juan-les-Pins and the forests of Ruthenia, from Czech fortresses in the Sudetenland to the private gardens of the dclass royalty in Budapest. The web Polanyi spins for Morath is deep and complex and pits him against German intelligence officers, NKVD renegades, and Croat assassins in a shadow war of treachery and uncertain loyalties, a war that Hungary cannot afford to lose. Alan Furst is frequently compared with Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and John le Carr, but Kingdom of Shadows is distinctive and entirely original. It is Furst at his very best.

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Kingdom of Shadows offers a realm of glamour and peril that are seamlessly intertwined and seem to arise effortlessly from the authors consciousness.Janet Maslin, The New York Times  

Subtly spun, sensitive to nuances, generous with contemporary detail and information discreetly conveyed. . . . Its hard to overestimate Kingdom of Shadows.Eugen Weber, Los Angeles Times

A triumph: evocative, heartfelt, knowing and witty.Robert J. Hughes, The Wall Street Journal

Imagine discovering an unscreened espionage thriller from the late 1930s, a classic black- and- white movie that captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war. . . . Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.Walter Shapiro, Time.
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I didn't think it was that good. Other than the backdrop of Hungary and Eastern Europe before the Second World War which was intriguing an area that doesn't get a lot of attention. The plot was slow and plodding maybe I missed something I listen while I drive. ( )
  charlie68 | Dec 1, 2022 |
París, 1938. Nicholas Morath, ex oficial de caballería del ejército húngaro, regresa a su apartamento del séptimo distrito y a los brazos de su joven amante argentina después de haber realizado un trabajo en Eslovaquia por encargo de su tío, el conde Janos Polanyi.
  Natt90 | Sep 27, 2022 |
Great story, fantastic background. ( )
  vlodko62 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Another more-than-solid Alan Furst novel. I don't mean that in a dismissive way. I like how the novel doesn't necessarily have an overarching plot holding it all together. Instead, it just follows a Hungarian expat as he gets drawn more and more into the pre-WWII turmoil in Europe. Furst does a nice job of enveloping late '30s Europe in sepia tone...and somehow also manages to dash the romanticism to pieces in the process. ( )
1 vote wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
My mother was a Hungarian emigre. I was born soon after she gained her American citizenship. The locations of Hungary and its surrounding countries were of special interest to me. In 1938, a Hungarian ad agency man becomes a spy against Hitler's Germany. This was the first book of Alan Furst's that I have read, and I was mightily impressed. ( )
  phillipfrey | Dec 21, 2017 |
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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:Kingdom of Shadows must be called a spy novel, but it transcends genre, as did some Graham Greene and Eric Ambler classics.The Washington Post

Paris, 1938. As Europe edges toward war, Nicholas Morath, an urbane former cavalry officer, spends his days working at the small advertising agency he owns and his nights in the bohemian circles of his Argentine mistress. But Morath has been recruited by his uncle, Count Janos Polanyi, a diplomat in the Hungarian legation, for operations against Hitlers Germany. It is Morath who does Polanyis clandestine work, moving between the beach cafs of Juan-les-Pins and the forests of Ruthenia, from Czech fortresses in the Sudetenland to the private gardens of the dclass royalty in Budapest. The web Polanyi spins for Morath is deep and complex and pits him against German intelligence officers, NKVD renegades, and Croat assassins in a shadow war of treachery and uncertain loyalties, a war that Hungary cannot afford to lose. Alan Furst is frequently compared with Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and John le Carr, but Kingdom of Shadows is distinctive and entirely original. It is Furst at his very best.

Praise for Kingdom of Shadows

Kingdom of Shadows offers a realm of glamour and peril that are seamlessly intertwined and seem to arise effortlessly from the authors consciousness.Janet Maslin, The New York Times  

Subtly spun, sensitive to nuances, generous with contemporary detail and information discreetly conveyed. . . . Its hard to overestimate Kingdom of Shadows.Eugen Weber, Los Angeles Times

A triumph: evocative, heartfelt, knowing and witty.Robert J. Hughes, The Wall Street Journal

Imagine discovering an unscreened espionage thriller from the late 1930s, a classic black- and- white movie that captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war. . . . Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.Walter Shapiro, Time.

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