Sergei Kostin

Sergei Kostin
Sergei Kostin is a spy novelist, expert in the history of espionage, and documentary film maker.

Graduating from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages, Kostin refused an offer to collaborate with Soviet intelligence, preferring to work as a translator in Algeria. He returned to the theme of espionage during the Nineties, after being graduated from Cinema College (VGIK) as scriptwriter and while working for Russian and French TV Channels.

Since then he has published several non-fiction books on the Cold War and espionage, showing the unglamorous reality of the spy's life (such as The Man Behind the Rosenbergs published in English by Enigma Books in 2001) and a series of spy thrillers centring on his hero Paco Arraya (Paris Weekend, published in English by Enigma Books, 2008). A movie based on Kostin’s book Bonjour Farewell has recently been made as L'Affaire Farewell, directed by Christian Carion and starring Emir Kusturica, Guillaume Canet, Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Willem Dafoe.