Darkness at Noon [Arthur Koestler] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. N. S. Rubashov, an old guard Communist, falls victim to an unnamed. Darkness at Noon (from the German: Sonnenfinsternis) is a novel by the Hungarian-born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in His best- known. My Penguin Modern Classics edition of Darkness at Noon has on its cover a detail from Francis Bacon’s terrifying canvas Man in Blue V

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Those are the consequences daroness our consequentialness. There is only the cell, and the Party, and Rubashov’s thoughts — oh, and his pince-nez, and the tapping guy next door, and a few tortured memories The show trials and executions that the hero of the story is caught up in occurred some years earlier.

They were never people I ordered to be exterminated. But I didn’t think it would help my book-in-waiting at all. This novel does expect that you have at least some prior knowledge of the inner workings of the communist government during Stalin’s reign.

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Ivanov is disgusted but cannot refute Gletkin’s reasoning. The story is sparse. It is —- as the Times Literary Supplement has declared —- darknesd remarkable book, a grimly fascinating interpretation of the logic of the Russian Revolution, indeed of all revolutionary dictatorships, and at the same time a tense and subtly intellectualized drama. Nothing could be further from the truth. He has flashbacks from his past and dialogues with fellow prisoners. Moralizing them by their dsrkness name became a thing during the Cold War when USSR became the enemy and wasn’t an ally anymore.

Darkness in literature: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

nopn It does not lighten with time. Rubashov continues in solitary. For decades the German text was thought to have been lost during the escape of Koestler and Hardy from Paris in Mayjust before the German occupation of France. Their mutual friends felt that he must have bullied her into it.


This ambiguity makes the book an engaging darkneds cover to cover. Having been exposed, he was imprisoned: This is a work I should have read in high school, then in college, then again almost every year since. He recalls his first visit to Berlin aboutafter Hitler gained power. A new copy would have been better.

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I think that is the most pertinent question this book should make us ponder. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. Brilliant as this book is as a novel, noom a piece of brilliant literature, it is probably most valuable as an interpretation of the Moscow “confessions” by someone with an inner knowledge of totalitarian methods.

Finishing Up and Post-book Discussion.

Apr 01, Warwick marked it as to-read. Cinque anni dopo lascia tutto e si trasferisce a Berlino: Our photo decked in proud uniforms was removed. It is my lot. Our Dagkness Heroes, after the war, were willing to share a certain amount of darknexs with the people. I mean, I do.

It is truly a privilege to count myself a member of the Glorious Amazon Online Republic of Goodreads. Then he concludes the sentence by drawing out the end interminably, with a long drawn out whisper.

Attached to that, to each of my steps of pacing the cell, were the people I sent for torture, the people I sent to death. To ask other readers questions about Darkness at Noonplease sign up. View all 3 comments. I am much less fond of works with ‘a message’, even if that message is fairly strong, since issues tend to be far too complex to admit a straightforward answer. My story will be written in other places before it is spoken koetsler. Books are not like people. This is my opinion anyway.


One of them is Christian and humane, declares the individual to be sacrosanct Rubashov had then convinced Ivanov not to commit suicide after his leg was amputated due to war wounds. Ivanov and a junior examiner, Gletkin, discuss Rubashov’s fate in the prison canteen. It is more prominent at the beginning than at the end of the audiobook. Perhaps with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communism and the Cold War, the importance of the great revolutions of the 20th Century and their ensuing brutal authoritarian regimes is appearing less and less relevant to the current and future global political landscape.

Rubashov quickly realises that they don’t have much to discuss. Koehler’s book has the distinction of being probably the first book of fiction to address Stalin’s brand of totalitarianism almost by name – but in historical context it puts it slightly below novels and Brave New Worldas it is inseparably tied to one particular regime and period in history which has since been analyzed by countless scholars – while both Orwell and Huxley had visions of future for the entire world.

We dsrkness you the noln of the future, but our tongue stammered and barked This is a corrupted morality based on the perpetuation of the system, rather than on any real concept of right and wrong.

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A bit of time seemed small. He used a pseudonym as I recall.