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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Their cell leader, a Koeztler communist immigrant nicknamed Little Loewy, tells Rubashov his life’s story. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Koestler’s really emphasized the individuality and humanity of all the book’s characters — even minor ones — in a way that makes them each distinctive and memorable, and this heightens the sense that there is something seriously wrong with Rubashov’s world view.

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

But this is nothing. At the core of Rubashov’s story is the struggle of youth against age. Want to Read saving…. They believed it right to commit atrocious acts in the name of an idea, namely scientific socialism.

View all 16 comments. Walter Duranty was fully aware of the fact that hunger victims could have extended well into millions, but nonetheless continued to report kiestler there was no famine – did he believe in the Soviet vision? The banal conversations did break the solitude at times.

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Koestler had himself been a signed-up devotee of Marxism-Leninism. Darknesss, not the feel-good date novel of the year, not this one! Nothing is worse in prison than the consciousness of one’s innocence; it prevents acclimatization and undermines one’s morale This is most appropriately classified as an autobiographical novel.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Can most people only really focus darknews either the individual in the foreground or humanity in the background? His commitment to following his logic to its final conclusion—and his own lingering dedication to the Party—cause him to confess fully and publicly. First, Darkness at Noon is not just about Stalin but is a specific koeshler of the left which says that at its extreme, this political philosophy crushes the individual in service of Humanity.

Of course, ,oestler have heard some people say that Animal Farm is a book about pigs on a farm; and likewise the point of this book too will be missed, if you don’t have some background of the Stalinist takeover of Russia. The vertical lines of the curtains behind him seem to be the bars of a cell — he is perhaps a prisoner facing interrogation.


Anyone interested in philosophy, socialism, 20th century history, Stalinism etc. On the one hand, this book is agitprop, and on the other, it’s a pretty decent novel Darkness at Noon is a chilling novel about Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov, an old Nkon, formerly Commissar of the People, and a leader in the Russian REVolution, who is imprisoned during Stalin’s purges after he speaks out against the tyranny of his former comrades.

Darknesw 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.

When finally gotten to they are tired of waiting, have moved on to another partner. He begs Rubashov not to “throw him to the wolves”, but Rubashov leaves him quickly.

Even the woman I made love to so many times whose scent hung about me in this small cell. A few days later, Arlova was relieved of her position as secretary because of ties to possible treasonable connections. The story moves rather quickly and the reader is drawn into the story almost immediately with the difficulty in positioning with respect to Rubashov – he is a victim of an injustice and we want to feel sorry for him and yet he himself has innocent blood on his hands, lots of blood from people he threw overboard in the system knowing it meant the victims’ certain death so he is also repulsive.

Standing guard silently behind greats like Orwell and Hitchens is Arthur Koestler. Darkness at Noon stands as an unequaled fictional portray Darkness at Noon from the German: I could read this book a hundred times and learn something new each time, while other things remain obscure.

First, the speed increases more and more and more. He draws the reader into the interior monologue of fundamentalist rationalism as it spirals towards a perverse logic of self-destruction.

Though Stalin is not named koestlsr the leader whose qt looks down from so many walls is called ‘No. Koestler does a great job with presenting a convincing portrait of a man trying to endure oppression and isolation – he apparently drew inspiration from his own experiences from Spain, where he was imprisoned by Franco’s forces during the civil war.


Rightfully they want more of what is just and fair.

This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. Show 25 25 50 All. I joined the party in early adolescence. He characterises Ivanov as a cynic and claims to be an idealist. I was studying languages and was avoiding some untranslated set text. It is interesting to note that contrary to many protagonists of anti-totalitarian novels, Rubashov is not an ordinary and innocent citizen persecuted by the overwhelming regime – he darknes one of the people who have actively participated in bringing this very regime into being, causing suffering and misery for fellow citizens along the way.

The rank and file trust and admire men like Rubashov, but the elite betrays and uses them with little thought. This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center.

Gletkin urges using harsh, physical methods to demoralise the prisoner and force his confession, while Ivanov loestler that Rubashov will confess after realising it is the only “logical” thing to do, given his situation. But by showing Gletkin’s thoughts – and his method of rationalising – we can gain an understanding of why so many people bought into the doctrine, even while loved ones disappeared, while people feared for their lives, while the Party betrayed onon while saying it had been betrayed.

I don’t like books where the enemy is a faceless presence, as No.

Darkness at Noon gave me a deep, life-long interest in politics

It is my lot. I didn’t love this book, but I thought it was successful at conveying this idea well through the form of the novel. He attempted suicide when he thought that his manuscript of this book along boon his girlfriend Daphne Hardy had been sunk by the Germans. The dock workers are furious at this news, but have little power to do anything about it. Rubashov initially koeetler any form of confession and is taken back to his cell.