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Grecia, 1940. En la ciudad portuaria de Salónica, una guerra secreta está a punto de estallar. Mientras Adolf Hitler planea invadir los Balcanes, los espías cercan la ciudad. En los burdeles y en las trastiendas de oscuras barberías los sobres pasan de mano en mano, y los susurros corren por tabernas y locales nocturnos. Costa Zannis, un o?cial de policía de avanzada edad, regresa a Salónica tras luchar contra las tropas de Mussolini. Costa es un hombre valioso, con contactos en las más altas esferas y en los ...
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Espías de los Balcanes

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Grecia, 1940. En la ciudad portuaria de Salónica, una guerra secreta está a punto de estallar. Mientras Adolf Hitler planea invadir los Balcanes, los espías cercan la ciudad. En los burdeles y en las trastiendas de oscuras barberías los sobres pasan de mano en mano, y los susurros corren por tabernas y locales nocturnos. Costa Zannis, un o?cial de policía de avanzada edad, regresa a Salónica tras luchar contra las tropas de Mussolini. Costa es un hombre valioso, con contactos en las más altas esferas y en los bajos fondos. Pronto se ve envuelto en un operativo para ayudar a refugiados judíos huidos de Alemania. Mientras la guerra amenaza la ciudad, el erotismo y la pasión crecen entre sus habitantes. Tres mujeres cambiarán los últimos años de la vida de Costa: una dama británica expatriada, una mujer de fama poco respetable y la esposa del mayor magnate del lugar. Ésta es, sin duda alguna, una de las mejores novelas de Alan Furst, «el autor más inteligente de novela de espionaje» (The Daily Beast). Elegido entre los mejores libros del año por medios como Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times o The Globe and Mail, entre otros, Espías de los Balcanes tiene la elegancia del cine clásico, el suspense de un thriller y la fascinación de la Historia: «No se puede pedir una novela más apasionante», The Wall Street Journal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788432209529
  • Publisher: Grupo Planeta
  • Publication date: 2/2/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Biblioteca Abierta
  • Sold by: Planeta
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 420 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Furst
Alan Furst
When it comes to spy novels, no one is more erudite or elegant than Alan Furst, whose novels -- all set in the European theater of World War II – are rich with both historical fact and brilliantly imagined circumstances.

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.

Good To Know

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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