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Darkness at Noon

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Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s.

During Stalin's purges, Nicholas Rubashov, an aging revolutionary, is imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the party he has devoted his life to. Under mounting pressure to confess to crimes he did not commit, Rubashov relives a career that embodies the ironies and betrayals of a revolutionary dictatorship that believes it is an instrument of liberation.

A seminal work of twentieth-century literature, Darkness At Noon is a penetrating exploration of the moral danger inherent in a system that is willing to enforce its beliefs by any means necessary.

About the Author

Born in Budapest in 1905, educated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. A communist during the 1930s, and visitor for a time in the Soviet Union, he became disillusioned with the Party and left it in 1938.  Later that year in Spain, he was captured by the Fascist forces under Franco, and sentenced to death. Released through the last-minute intervention of the British government, he went to France where, the following year, he again was arrested for his political views.  Released in 1940, he went to England, where he made his home. His novels, reportage, autobiographical works, and political and cultural writings established him as an important commentator on the dilemmas of the 20th century. He died in 1983.

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Contents

The First Hearing

The Second Hearing

The Third Hearing

The Grammatical Fiction

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lukas, November 14, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
Hungarian-born Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon" is perhaps the definitive novel of the totalitarian mind and state (with apologies to "1984"). Set during Stalin's purges, it tells of a party member (perhaps based on Trotsky) who is arrested, imprisoned and interrogated. Much of the novel consists of long dialogues, reminiscent of "The Grand Inquisitor" section of Brothers K., and internal monologues. One of Modern Library's top ten novels of the century.
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Peter Anderson, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by Peter Anderson)
A powerful, thoughtful and ultimately tragic discourse on revolutionary politics. Koestler's masterpiece clearly was a direct influence on Orwell's 1984. If you've read 1984 you absolutely must read this book too.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416540267
Author:
Koestler, Arthur
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Translator:
Hardy, Daphne
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arthur koestler, communist, revolutionary, moscow, show trials, 1930s, joseph stalin, nicholas rubashov, imprisoned, psychologically tortured, crimes, innocent, confess, dictatorship, liberation, treason, old boschevik, government, russia, soviet union
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arthur koestler; darkness at noon; communist; revolutionary; moscow; show trials; 1930s; joseph stalin; nicholas rubashov; imprisoned; psychologically tortured; crimes; innocent; confess; dictatorship; liberation; treason; old bolshevik; government; russi
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arthur koestler; darkness at noon; communist; revolutionary; moscow; show trials; 1930s; joseph stalin; nicholas rubashov; imprisoned; psychologically tortured; crimes; innocent; confess; dictatorship; liberation; treason; old bolshevik; government; russi
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arthur koestler; darkness at noon; communist; revolutionary; moscow; show trials; 1930s; joseph stalin; nicholas rubashov; imprisoned; psychologically tortured; crimes; innocent; confess; dictatorship; liberation; treason; old bolshevik; government; russi
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20061031
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English
Pages:
288
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8 x 5.25 in

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