Personal Tour: Alan Furst’s Paris
Espionage writer Alan Furst shares the Paris locales that have inspired his novels.
The Parisian places Furst uses as inspiration include the famous bistro Bofinger, the great brasserie on the rue de la Bastille and the model for Brasserie Heininger, which has featured in every novel so far. There is no bullet hole above table 14, where Omaraeff, the fictional Bulgarian headwaiter, was assassinated in Night Soldiers. But otherwise, with its black leather banquettes, giant mirrors, sweeping staircase and ornate glass ceiling, Bofinger is a sumptuous 19th-century ode to the Parisian way of life.