Best known as the author of the classic Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler was one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals, involved in and commenting on almost every political movement of the 20th century. As a young man, he was a committed Zionist and moved to Palestine; he was imprisoned and sentenced to death in Franco’s Spain; escaped Occupied France; and was a member of the Communist party for seven years, later becoming one of its fiercest critics. His new biographer Michael Scammell (who won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for his life of Solzhenitsyn) portrays a writer once described as ‘one third blackguard, one third lunatic, and one third genius’. Presented in association with Jewish Book Week. Other events in association: Operation last chance: Efraim Zuroff's quest to bring war criminals to justice The Communist Manifesto: London 1848 (vulgarboatman)
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