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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407082950
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

The Nine Lives of Otto Katz

In the tradition of the bestselling Operation Mincemeat, the remarkable story of a communist super-spy

Communist spy Otto Katz played a crucial role in the history of the first half of the twentieth Century.

His story takes us from Bohemian Prague to Weimar Berlin, from the Reichstag Fire to the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, from Paris to London and New York. We see behind the curtain of Communist espionage in America and Britain - with the man who was the inspiration for the character of Victor Lazlo in Casablanca and who the FBI described as 'an extremely dangerous man'.

Along the way he encountered major historical figures including Franz Kafka, Marlene Dietrich, the Cambridge Spies, Hitler, Stalin, Noel Coward, Dashiell Hammett, and Trotsky.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407082950
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Jonathan Miles

Cultural historian Jonathan Miles has a personal engagement with St Petersburg and its people that dates back to the Soviet era. Born in a trunk, Jonathan has been travelling ever since and currently lives in Paris. Having taken a first from University College, London, he received his doctorate from Jesus College, Oxford. Early books include studies of British artists Eric Gill and David Jones. Most recently, Medusa, The Shipwreck, the Scandal and the Masterpiece, a voyage through the artistic, political and moral clashes of Restoration France, and Nine Lives of Otto Katz, the tale of a flamboyant Soviet spy, were both published to international acclaim.

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Praise for The Nine Lives of Otto Katz

“This irresistible biography exposes a man by turns showy and shadowy . . . Miles conjures the spy-game atmospherics of the era wonderfully”

The Sunday Times

“Has all the hallmarks of a thrilling detective story as Katz sets about coordinating his hydra-headed fronts for Soviet propaganda and profit”


“A true-life action thriller”

Saga Magazine

“Miles uncovers the secret world of a secret agent”


“A riveting new biography . . . a film really ought to be made of Katz's life, but who could possibly play such an outlandish character?”

Mail on Sunday

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