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Darkness at Noon (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1940; edition 1973)

by Arthur Koestler

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Title:Darkness at Noon (Penguin Modern Classics)
Authors:Arthur Koestler
Info:Penguin Books in association w/ Jonathan Cape (1973), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:European literature

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Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1940)

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (ivan.frade)
    ivan.frade: Both books talk about revolution and the people, individual rights vs. common wellness. "darkness at noon" is pretty similar to 1984, without the especulation/science-fiction ingredient.
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    Life and Fate by Vassili Grossman (chrisharpe)
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    Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (br77rino)
    br77rino: Much of Orwell's impetus for writing "1984" came from his experience in the Spanish Civil War, which he writes about in this.
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    Animal Farm by George Orwell (chrisharpe)
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    The Anti-Communist Manifestos: Four Books That Shaped the Cold War by John V. Fleming (prosfilaes)
    prosfilaes: Fleming describes the context of Koestler's book, including how it compared, was affected by and affected other anti-Communist books.
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    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (chrisharpe)
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    The Trial by Franz Kafka (chrisharpe)
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    A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes (GabrielF)
    GabrielF: Written in 1940, Darkness at Noon really takes you into the minds of the revolutionary generation during Stalin's purges. A People's Tragedy is a very readable, thorough and fascinating history of the revolution.
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A good book. It does suffer the pangs of translation, unfortunately, but it's concise reading with a good conceit. ( )
  Salmondaze | Nov 30, 2014 |
i don't like this book as much as other people seem to (especially according to great book lists etc.) but i've enjoyed reading it so far. ( )
  behemothing | Oct 25, 2014 |
One of the creators of a society is its latest victim in this allegory of Soviet life for the power elite. Chilling. Very authentic from what we know occurred based upon document drops after the fall of the Soviet Union. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Darkness at Noon is Arthur Koestler's most famous work and his most powerful.

The story of Rubashov, a revolutionary and once key figure in the unnamed country's government, who is now imprisoned and on trial for treason is a powerful anti-totalitarian novel. The narrator's reflections on his past life are the heart of the novel's drama and the circumstances of his false imprisonment and trial mirror those of the Stalinist purges in 1938. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
just finished rereading it. a truly great book. this one has grown on me over time. better than 1984. ( )
  clarkland | Mar 26, 2014 |
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Hardy, DaphneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He who establishes a dictatorship and does not kill Brutus, or he who founds a republic and does not kill the sons of Brutus, will only reign a short time. Machiavelli, Discorsi.

Man, man, one cannot live without pity. Dostoyevsky, Crime and punishment.
The characters in this book are fictitious.  The historical circumstances which determined their actions are real.  The life of the man N.S. Rubashov is a synthesis of the lives of a number of men who were victims of the so-called Moscow Trials.  Several of them were personally know to the author.  This book is dedicated to their memory. - Paris, October 1938 - April, 1940
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The cell door slammed behind Rubashov.
How can one change the world if one identifies oneself with everybody?
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He who understands and forgives- where would he find a motive to act?
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Fictional portrayal of the nightmare politics of our time. Its hero is an aging revolutionary, imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the Party to which he has dedicated his life. As the pressure to confess preposterous crimes increases, he re-lives a career that embodies the terrible ironies and human betrayals of a totalitarian movement masking itself as an instrument of deliverance.… (more)

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