Night Soldiers

Night Soldiers

Book - 1988
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Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin's purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-createsthe European world of 1934-45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988
ISBN: 9780395437803
0395437806
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Fur

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Nov 18, 2017

Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and send to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin's purges, Khristo flees to Paris.Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934-45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale. (Description from back cover of paperback edition.)

Any review I would write could not do this book justice, but let me try.
This book is about chaos: the chaos of infighting and war. It's about bureaucracy: the bureaucracy of the Germans and the Soviets. Finally, it's about sadness: sadness for those who did not survive; sadness for those of who did survive but will never be the same.

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Nov 11, 2013

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