Stalin's Romeo Spy: The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB's Most Daring Operative

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Sailor, painter, doctor, lawyer, polyglot, and writer, Dmitri Bystrolyotov

(1901–75) led a life that might seem far-fetched for a spy novel, yet here

the truth is stranger than fiction. The result of a thirty-five-year journey

that started with a private meeting between the author and Bystrolyotov

in 1973 Moscow and continued through the author’s subsequent

research in international archives, Stalin’s Romeo Spy: The Remarkable

Rise and Fall of the KGB’s Most Daring Operative pieces together a life lived

in the shadows of the twentieth century’s biggest events.

 

One of the “Great Illegals,” a team of outstanding Soviet spies operating

in Western countries between the world wars, Bystrolyotov was

the response to Sidney Reilly, the British prototype for James Bond.

A dashing man, his modus operandi was the seduction of women—

among them a French embassy employee, a German countess, the wife

of a British official, and a Gestapo officer—which enabled Stalin to look

into diplomatic pouches of many European countries. Risking his life,

Bystrolyotov also stole military secrets from Nazi Germany and Fascist

Italy. A man of extraordinary physical courage, he twice crossed the

Sahara Desert and the jungles of Congo.

 

But his success as a spy didn’t save him from Stalin’s purges, at the

height of which he was arrested and tortured until he falsely confessed

to selling out to the enemy. Sentenced to twenty years of hard labor in

the Gulag, Bystrolyotov risked more severe punishment by documenting

the regime’s crimes against humanity in unpublished and suppressed

memoirs that rival those of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

 

The first full-length biography in any language, at once a real-life

spy thriller, a drama of desire, and a prison memoir, Stalin’s Romeo Spy

is the true account of a flawed yet extraordinary man.

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About the Author:

Originally a journalist in the Soviet Union, Emil Draitser was blacklisted for a satirical

article and, in 1974, immigrated to the United States, where he is now a professor of

Russian at Hunter College in New York City. His most recent book is Shush! Growing

Up Jewish Under Stalin: A Memoir.

Review:

There is no doubt ... that Bystrolyotov was a remarkable spy even by the standards of an era when much of the world was crawling with intelligence agents. 
--The Wall Street Journal

“The life story of the inventor of the modern 'honey trap.'... The bastard son of the aristocratic Tolstoy family (or so he claimed)... [who ] embarked on a career seducing secretaries, countesses, and diplomat's wives. At one point he married his own wife off to a French intelligence officer in the hopes of obtaining even more information.”
--The New York Review of Books

This book is [the author's] effort to show a daring professional at work and to counter Russian efforts to whitewash their history.... The details of espionage work and of Soviet life are fascinating. --The Library Journal

"A major contribution to intelligence history... [A] critical biography of the spy, a difficult but ultimately successful effort, adding depth to previous accounts... Draitser is able to expose the myth of the Soviet hero-agent... The biography is valuable for readers interested in intelligence affairs and accounts of life in the gulag."                                  - Slavic Review

“A rare, humanized image of both the Soviet intelligence services and the purges.... Draitser’s account of life in the gulag is worth the price of this book, although the general reader will be equally intrigued by Bystrolyotov’s spy adventures. Overall, this is a highly readable story that also contributes to our understanding of the often inefficient Stalinist state.”
       - Russian Review

Bystrolyotov, a spy for Stalin's foreign intelligence service in the 1920s and 30s, by all accounts, a larger-than-life figure... An ideal "poster boy" to inspire coming generations of Russian spies. --The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

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