Alan Furst - Quotes

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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. ---->>>

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

I don't inflict horrors on readers. ---->>>

If you can live in Paris, maybe you should. ---->>>

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

I'm basically an Upper West Side Jewish writer. ---->>>

I'm not really a mass market writer. ---->>>

If you're a writer, you're always working. ---->>>

Once you have your characters, they tell you what to write, you don't tell them. ---->>>

The best Paris I know now is in my head. ---->>>

I don't really write plots. I use history as the engine that drives everything. ---->>>

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

I invented the historical spy novel. ---->>>

I read very little contemporary anything. ---->>>

I write what I call 'novels of consolation' for people who are bright and sophisticated. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 02-20, 1941
Occupation: Author

Alan Furst (born February 20, 1941) is an American author of historical spy novels. Furst has been called "an heir to the tradition of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene," whom he cites along with Joseph Roth and Arthur Koestler as important influences. Most of his novels since 1988 have been set just prior to or during the Second World War and he is noted for his successful evocations of Eastern European peoples and places during the period from 1933 to 1944 (wikipedia)