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Alan Furst on A Hero of France and Becoming a Novelist

The master of historical spy fiction talks about a trip to the Soviet Union and how he never fully returned.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman is joined by Alan Furst, the best-selling author of Midnight in Europe, Night Soldiers, and Spies of the Balkans. His latest book, A Hero of France, is out now and available by clicking here. Alan discusses how he first came to create his own fictional world in the tradition of William Faulkner and William Kennedy (2:00), the question he asked himself that opened him up as a writer (10:30), and the idea of a certain kind of heroism in his books (24:00). Plus, he talks about why he hasn’t returned to France in years (34:00) and the creative routine he established to become a master of historical spy fiction (44:00).


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