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  • If you can live in Paris, maybe you should.

  • The printing presses of the state treasuries cranked out reams of paper currency- showing wise kinds and blissful martyrs- while bankers wept and peasants starved.

    Alan Furst (2008). “Night Soldiers: A Novel”, p.7, Random House
  • I write what I call 'novels of consolation' for people who are bright and sophisticated.

  • If you're a writer, you're always working.

  • I'm basically an Upper West Side Jewish writer.

  • My novels are about the European reality, not about chases. You want chases, get somebody else's books.

  • I don't just want my books to be about the '30s and '40s. I want them to read as if they had been written then. I think of them as '40s novels, written in the conservative narrative past.

  • I read very little contemporary anything.

    "Spy novelist Alan Furst: 'I love the gray areas'" by Todd Leopold, December 4, 2001.
  • I don't really write plots. I use history as the engine that drives everything.

  • I invented the historical spy novel.

  • Whether you like it or not, Paris is the beating heart of Western civilisation. It's where it all began and ended.

  • And, with much of Europe occupied by Nazi Germany, and Mussolini's armies in Albania, on the Greek frontier, one wasn't sure what came next. So, don't trust the telephone. Or the newspapers. Or the radio. Or tomorrow.

    Army   Europe   Greek  
    Alan Furst (2010). “Spies of the Balkans: A Novel”, p.4, Random House
  • I expect that my readers have been to Europe, I expect them to have some feeling for a foreign language, I expect them to have read books - there are a lot of people like that! That's my audience.

  • One is what one has the nerve to pretend to be.

    Alan Furst (2007). “The World at Night: A Novel”, p.9, Random House
  • I'm not really a mass market writer.

  • I grew up reading genre writers, and to the degree that Eric Ambler and Graham Greene are genre writers, I'm a genre writer.

    "Spy novelist Alan Furst: 'I love the gray areas'" by Todd Leopold, December 4, 2001.
  • Once you have your characters, they tell you what to write, you don't tell them.

    "Alan Furst travels through the spy-ridden 'Shadows' of Europe" by Adam Dunn, January 19, 2001.
  • Politicians were like talking dogs in a circus: the fact that they existed was uncommonly interesting, but no sane person would actually believe what they said

    Alan Furst (2008). “Dark Star: A Novel”, p.35, Random House
  • Live today, for tomorrow we die.

    Alan Furst (2008). “Night Soldiers: A Novel”, p.105, Random House
  • It takes me three months of research and nine months of work to produce a book. When I start writing, I do two pages a day; if I'm gonna do 320, that's 160 days.

  • You can't make accommodations in crucial situations and be heroic.

  • I have a very serious censorship office inside my head; it censors things that I could tell you that you would never forget, and I don't want to be the person to stick that in your brain.

  • You write a lot of books; you hope you get better.

  • I don't inflict horrors on readers.

  • The best Paris I know now is in my head.

  • Wherever God has planted you, you must know how to flower - translated from a French saying

  • Good people don't spend their time being good. Good people want to spend their time mowing the lawn and playing with the dog. But bad people spend all their time being bad. It is all they think about.

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