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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What excited year-old me was the guided tour of a totalitarian mind. Koestler’s really emphasized the individuality and humanity of all the book’s characters — even minor ones — in a way koetsler makes them each distinctive and memorable, and this heightens the sense that there is something seriously wrong with Rubashov’s world view.

Imprisoned, Rubashov is at first relieved to be finished with the anxiety of dread during mass arrests. It is truly a privilege to count myself a member of darjness Glorious Amazon Online Republic of Goodreads.

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The book recounts the thoughts and arguments engaged in between Rubashov and the two men who force him to confess to an assassination attempt of which he is innocent. The setting is Russia during the Great Purge, and yet Russia is never once mentioned!

Ivanov is portrayed as intellectual, ironical, and at bottom humane, while Gletkin is unsophisticated, straightforward, and unconcerned with others’ suffering. His early career was in journalism. It is unclear which he was more upset about losing. Rubashov had then convinced Ivanov not to commit suicide after his leg was amputated due to war wounds.

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Although the author openly acknowledges this in the preface, the country in which the book is set is never named – though he includes specific details r Darkness at Noon is one of the classics of anti-totalitarian literature, often mentioned alongside novels such as Brave New World and This one book is perhaps the most damning indictment of the one party system, the Soviet system, and the “compulsion to conform” ever penned.


If you wish to see more of my koester recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Character are less people than ideas and themes they represent – the main protagonist, Rubashov, is an amalgamation of all of the Old Bolsheviks who were persecuted by Stalin in the 30’s. It was only after his imprisonment that he began to change his thoughts on communism and of Stalin.

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Arendt demonstrates how extraordinary atrocity can be the aggregate of ordinary people doing what feel like mundane tasks. Rubashov, the protagonist, can’t see a middle way between considerations of decency and morality and the logic and reason of the Revolution, so he must choose either to betray his principles or go along with his own physical destruction.

We observe the internal oscillation in perspective that both creates and dismisses crimes when actions darnkess with or oppose a particular ideological position, and in the next moment we see the inversion of Rubashov’s previous judgement when its axioms are called into question.

Darkness at Noon koestlre Arthur Koestler. I believe that Rubashov was a victim in this novel, but so were Arlova, Ivanov, Richard, and the others who nlon prey to this communist machine. No nations or leaders are mentioned but it is obvious the leader is Stalin. A friendship of many years deserves its many sacrifices. Order by newest oldest recommendations. First, the speed increases more and more and more. And finally, he is arrested. Throughout his time in prison Rubashov zt back on his life and what he has done for the party, and noo what the party has done for him.

Koestler—no stranger to dark, narrow prison cells and the exquisite torture of living minute to precious minute awaiting the stark drum roll of the executioner’s approaching footsteps—brings all of his harsh experience to this swiftly-moving, wrenching tale about how such self-accusatory enthusiasm comes to be engendered within a soul cracked by the relentless press of the interrogators logic and wracked by pain, both physical, mental, and spiritual.

Books by Arthur Koestler. Sadly, I fear, that with the downfall of communism it has been relegated to the shelf, as if the final judgment on that flawed exercise has rendered it unnecessary. I was made head of a department. Darkness at Noon conveys the brutality and claustrophobia of the prison cell and interrogation room, and you kind of do feel like you’re there, toothache and hunger and all, and okay let’s be honest: We brought you the living life, and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rustling of dry leaves.


My difficulty dealing with really political people on a personal level is one major reason why I’m not more politically active myself, and this book fed into my bias about that. They had not the intimate experience of what our revolution, what I, needed to fight against.

The new generation of revolutionaries are not as well educated, meaner, and barely recognize the names of those that were once heralded as heroes by the revolution. However, a copy had been sent to Swiss publisher Emil Oprecht.

Return to Book Page. The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The book will last with some care. But don’t get excited. When coupled with the blinding pain of a man whose incarceration shifts, splits and mutates through the physical, the intellectual, the emotional Rubashov remembers how Arlova never said much and just sat diligently bent over her notebook. An American Tragedy Signet Classics. They were not people, not individuals.

Darkness at Noon

His time on the political stage is coming to a close. View all 18 comments. This is used to detect comment spam. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. In Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany until, disillusioned by Stalinism, he resigned in He still believes in the movement, but is disenchanted with the people. There was no room for us in the Party.

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