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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His best known work, it is the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government that he had helped to create. Koestler had himself been a signed-up devotee of Marxism-Leninism.

Yeah, not the feel-good date nov Oh, how I do love those Russians! The book could be read many times and is an excellent work for college classes dealing with dictatorships. The novel ends with Rubashov’s execution. But who to trust?

“Darkness at Noon” by Arthur Koestler: Summary and Review

Close this book my friend. You called it vivisection morality. When someone from our small corridor of cells was to be next to be tortured or executed word passed furiously through the walls.

He begs Rubashov not to “throw him to the wolves”, but Rubashov leaves him quickly. The setting is Russia during the Great Purge, and yet Russia is never once mentioned!

No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. Inexplicably, one can find people with views very similar to his decades after Stalin’s policy was proven to be a deadly failure, ready to defend him and excuse his actions. Shopbop Designer Nkon Brands. I think he shoulda quit with the drumming. koestller


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He is continuously tortured in an attempt to have him confess to crimes that never happened. Feb 25, Szplug rated it really liked it. This ambiguity makes the book an engaging read cover to cover. It doesn’t make sense, it never did and isn’t supposed to. Vividly realistic, Koestler paints the life of Rubashov in his prison cell, his wall-tapping conversations with other inmates, his memories of life outside and some of the crimes he committed and the rationalizations for them, as well as his confrontation with h Darkness at Noon is a haunting picture of life in the darkest era of Stalinist Russia inside a political prison.

It’s a tap-tap-tap one indulges, but fails to politically profit by.

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Ivanov believes in taking harsh actions to achieve the goal, but he is troubled by the suffering he causes. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks koestlwr their respective owners. Also how psychological torture can effect even the most logical and intelligent people, when they reach their breaking point they can be convinced to believe pretty much anything.

For the Japanese film, see Mahiru no ankoku. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. How does the story end?

The Making of the West, Volume 2: Rubashov has been a high official in the government but has been betrayed and brought to the end of his life. Almost unbearably vivid in its depiction of one man’s solitary agony, it asks questions about ends and means that have relevance not only for the past but for the perilous present. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Gletkin says the older man must not believe in the coming utopia.


This is where all other revolutions failed. When you turn out the lights, those colors and distinctions go away, and then there you are, in a dark cell. There are only two conceptions of human ethics, and nooon are at opposite poles. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Even the woman I made love to so many times whose scent hung about me in this small cell.

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

In the s, he helped found the Congress for Cultural Freedom He attempted suicide when he thought that his manuscript of this book along with his girlfriend Daphne Hardy had been sunk by the Germans. I could read this book a hundred times and learn something new each time, while other things remain obscure. Aug 09, Antigone rated it really liked it Shelves: At the end of Winston Smith asks O’Brien why the party acts the way it does.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. When coupled with the blinding pain of a man whose incarceration shifts, splits and mutates through koestleg physical, the intellectual, the emotional As a politicial prisoner he is given solitude and time to sweat.