Personal Tour: Alan Furst’s Paris

Espionage writer Alan Furst shares the Paris locales that have inspired his novels.

Jun 30, 2009
Bistro Bofinger, Paris

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.


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5 Comments about Personal Tour: Alan Furst’s Paris

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  3. Robert L. Herschkowitz says:

    Now I know why I never found the Heininger Brasserie in Paris. AF is one of my favorite authors, and I have told him so in an e-mail. My dream was to take my Parisian friends to Heininger and sit at table 14 and order Choucroute Granie. Darn
    But thanks Alan, I really enjoy your books.
    Bob Herschkowitz
    Bellevue, WA USA

  4. Laszlo Gyermek says:

    Besides the published grasping photos of “everybody’s favorite City” , I feel that a famous quote of Alan Furst is worth of “dispensing”. It says something like : Of all of those who can afford to live anywhere most live in Paris . I never lived there, but visited it many times and could always feel its ” magic effect”… Further, could you send me the original version of Furst ‘s so fitting quote on the ” City of Lights” worth of pubiication?

  5. Jim says:

    Wonderful pictures!

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