Toby Barlow’s Babayaga is out this week from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and follows the travels of a CIA agent posing as an ad executive CIA agent in Europe in the 1950s. What begins as a relatively straightforward operation quickly becomes something bigger, and weirder. Read an excerpt from the novel and see for yourself.
What you might not know are the life events that inspired Barlow’s story. Read on as the author tells us a tale about his grandfather, waiting on a German train in 1937….