El oficial polaco (The Polish Officer)

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Septiembre de 1939. Cuando Varsovia está a punto de caer en manos de la Wehrmacht de Hitler, el capitán Alexander de Milja es reclutado por los servicios de Inteligencia de la recién formada Resistencia polaca. Su misión: transportar hasta lugar seguro las reservas de oro del Banco Nacional de Polonia, ocultas en un tren de refugiados.

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Septiembre de 1939. Cuando Varsovia está a punto de caer en manos de la Wehrmacht de Hitler, el capitán Alexander de Milja es reclutado por los servicios de Inteligencia de la recién formada Resistencia polaca. Su misión: transportar hasta lugar seguro las reservas de oro del Banco Nacional de Polonia, ocultas en un tren de refugiados.

Una espléndida novela de espionaje al más puro estilo clásico, una lectura apasionante, rica en suspense, acción y ambientación, que relata la lucha que desde la sombra se emprendió contra la ocupación alemana en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y cómo, en toda Europa, hombres y mujeres comunes se convirtieron en héroes de un tiempo sin ley lleno de ambigüedades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788432250248
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/20/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Furst

Nació y creció en Manhattan, Nueva York. Ha vivido largas temporadas en Francia, inicialmente ejerciendo como profesor en la Facultad de Letras de la Universidad de Montpellier, y años después en París. Como periodista ha viajado por Europa del Este y Rusia y ha sido colaborador habitual de Esquire y The International Herald Tribune. Entre sus novelas históricas de espionaje destacan: El corresponsal (2006), El oficial polaco (2007) y Un oscuro viaje (2008), todas ellas publicadas en Seix Barral. La editorial tiene previsto publicar también: Night Soldiers (1988), The World at Night (1996) y Red Gold (1999). Su obra ha recibido una crítica magnífica, y ha sido publicada con tremendo éxito en Estados Unidos y varios países de Europa.

Biography

Alan Furst may have the narrowest purview in literature. His books – which he calls historical espionage novels -- are all set in Europe between 1933 and 1945, and all are stories of World War II intrigue.

But that brief eight-year period in history has given Furst a rich amount of source material; although he had published a handful of earlier novels (now out of print, some of them fetch hundreds of dollars) Furst hit his stride with 1988’s Night Soldiers , his first book to concentrate on the decade that would forever change the world. Furst had found his niche. As Salon rhapsodized in a 2001 review, "...to talk about one of his books is to talk about them all. He is writing one large book in which each new entry adds a piece to the mosaic of Europe in the years leading up to the war, as created by a partisan of the senses."

Furst's books are grounded in their author’s extensive research of the period, and are written in an almost newsy prose broken occasionally by beautiful, lyrical passages describing, say, a Paris morning in the 1940s, or night at the Czechoslavakian-Hungarian border. History buffs will find much to love here; while the books are fiction, some of the details are factual. In Night Soldiers, for example, immigrants arriving at Ellis Island exchanged their clothing for new outfits; in reality, the American government often bought clothing from immigrants to use as costumes for its spies.

And while Furst’s novels are entertaining and, often, elegant, they are not easy reads: the books traverse through a wide swath of Europe (an important character itself in Furst’s fiction), and characters duck behind corners and sometimes stumble into the continent’s more remote regions (while not partying in Paris, that is). Though his male protagonists manage to find and sometimes lose lovers, Furst’s books are primarily concerned with the moral slipperiness involved in fighting off Hitler's advance, where even the best intentions could produce regrettable results.

Furst's books have grown leaner and tauter over the years, the result of a conscious effort "to say more by saying less." Notwithstanding this paring back, or perhaps because of it, the praise for his books only seems to multiply, and Furst’s writing has lost none of its veracity or suspense. Furst, who many critics consider literature’s best-kept secret, may not be a household name yet, but with such buzz, his low profile won’t last much longer.

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Night Soldiers originated from a piece Furst wrote for Esquire in 1983. He was also a reporter for the International Herald Tribune and wrote a biography of cookie entrepeneur Debbie Fields.

Furst wrote in a 2002 essay, "For me, Anthony Powell is a religion. I read A Dance to the Music of Time every few years."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sag Harbor, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oberlin College

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