Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of Leaving Berlin, Istanbul PassageLos AlamosThe Prodigal SpyAlibiStardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

Books by this Author

Leaving Berlin
Istanbul Passage
Stardust
The Good German

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. From 'The Rules of the Game': what you must understand is that everyone has his reasons.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. A genuine curiosity about people and places.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My two sons, David and Michael-- though I suspect I didn't really have much to do with the fine men they've become.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Eating dinner outdoors in a piazza in Rome with my wife. (What makes this idea of perfection particularly appealing is that you can actually do it.)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Patrick Leigh Fermor-- not fictional, but certainly the hero of his wonderful memoirs.

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