We’ve collected the best Alan Furst Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
Once you have your characters, they tell you what to write, you don’t tell them.
I invented the historical spy novel.
I read very little contemporary anything.
I read very little contemporary anything… I don’t think I read what other people read, but then why would I, considering what I do?
The best Paris I know now is in my head.
I write what I call ‘novels of consolation‘ for people who are bright and sophisticated.
You can’t make accommodations in crucial situations and be heroic.
The way I work: I pick a country. I learn the political history – I mean I really learn it; I read until it sinks in. Once I read the political history, I can project and find the clandestine history. And then I people it with the characters.
I wrote three mysteries and then a contemporary spy novel that was unbelievably derivative – completely based on ‘The Conversation,’ the movie with Gene Hackman. Amazingly, the character in the book looks exactly like… Gene Hackman.
If you’re a writer, you’re always working.
I love the gray areas, but I like the gray areas as considered by bright, educated, courageous people.
If you read the history of the national Socialist party, they’re all people who felt like life should have been better to them. They’re disappointed, vengeful, angry.
I love Paris for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It’s an incredibly romantic and beautiful place.
Fast-paced from start to finish, ‘The Honourable Schoolboy‘ is fired by le Carre’s conviction regarding evil done and its consequences.
When you move a border, suddenly life changes violently. I write about nationality.
I don’t really write plots. I use history as the engine that drives everything.
Moscow had this incredible, intense atmosphere of intrigue and darkness and secrecy.