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 by Arthur Koestler – Arthur Koestler’s timeless classic, Darkness at Noon, first published in , is a powerful and haunting portrait of a . 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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Want to Read Currently Reading Koestlerr. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler. Darkness at Noon from the German: Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by the Hungarian-born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in His best-known work tells the tale of Rubashov, a Bolshevik revolutionary who is cast out, imprisoned and tried for treason by the Artbur government he’d helped create.

Darkness at Noon stands as an unequaled fictional portray Darkness at Noon from the German: Darkness at Noon stands as an unequaled 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 relives a career that embodies the terrible ironies and human betrayals of a totalitarian movement masking itself as an instrument of deliverance.

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.

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It is —- as the Times Literary Supplement has declared —- “A remarkable book, a grimly fascinating interpretation of the logic of the Russian Revolution, indeed of all revolutionary dictatorships, and at the same time a tense and subtly intellectualized drama. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published March by Bantam Books first published darknexs To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Darkness at Noonplease sign up. He used a pseudonym as I recall. Moralizing them by their real name became a thing during the Cold War when USSR became the enemy and wasn’t an ally anymore.

This is my opinion anyway. Both Gentlemen had socialist beliefs and the true nature of Stalin’s state was a hard blow.

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We diagnosed the disease and its causes with microscopic exactness, but wherever we applied the healing knife a new sore appeared. Our will was hard and pure, we should have been loved by the people.

But they hate us. Why are we so odious and detested? We brought you truth, and in our mouth it sounded a lie. We brought you freedom, aat it looks in our hands okestler a whip. We brought you the living life, and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rustling of dry leaves. We brought you the promise of the carkness, but our tongue stammered and barked Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov is arrested.


Soviet Prison Doors Similar to the one that Rubashov found himself behind. But this must happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand, to be produced immediately. The young revolutionary Joseph Stalin. Rubashov has been darkenss trouble with the party before, but had always managed to do what was necessary to survive. 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.

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As Rubashov sits in prison he is left to ponder what has went wrong. For the energies of this generation are exhausted; they were spent in the Revolution; for this generation is bled white and there is nothing left of it but a moaning, numbed apathetic lump of sacrificial flesh Those are the consequences of our consequentialness.

You called it vivisection morality. To me it sometimes seems as though the experimenters had torn the skin off the victim and left it standing with bared tissues, muscles and nerves Rubashov does not have a safety net of friends, most have perished, some were betrayed by his silence when he was in a position to save them.

They are less than impressed to find out who he is; in fact, the only use darknness has to is to share his last sexual encounter He has more thinking to do. More explaining to do to himself. He has two interrogators. One is trying to save him and one is trying to kill ta. In his diary Rubashov is still justifying his past decisions. He still believes in the movement, but is disenchanted with the people. In periods of mental immaturity, only demagogues invoke the higher judgment of the people.

In such situations the opposition has two alternatives: Lots of people die and more will continue to die and when you ask the peasants if their lives are better than they were four years ago or forty years ago or two hundred and forty years ago the answer is the same The revolutionaries turn out to be as brutal as the Czarist government they overthrew and since we know that Stalin is only warming up by non publication date of this book we know it will get much, much worse.

Stalin had nearly a million of his own citizens executed, beginning in the s. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin’s henchmen. His mind has been degraded from lack of sleep and he has decided the easiest way to go is to admit guilt on certain points.

Now he was to find that powerlessness had as many grads as power; that defeat could become as vertiginous as victory, artthur that its depths were bottomless.

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I do though identify with him enough to feel uncomfortable. They overthrow a government, but are generally so paranoid that they resort to the same or worse tactics as the original government non keep control. We were lucky in our revolution in the United States because it was more about expelling a foreign power from our shores than it was about overthrowing a government.


Our Revolutionary Heroes, after the war, were willing to share a certain amount of power with the people. Freedom was more important to them than power. Although the revolution was more about greed how dare thee tax me than about being oppressed. This country, by the wisdom of our forefathers,was built on a foundation of freedom and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of those principles.

Russia is aat country that continues to wrestle with their identity. They need strong leadership confident enough to allow their society to be ruled by freedom rather than by fear.

I do hope they find a way to throw off the shackles of their history and become the amazing country I know they are capable of being. Arthur Koestler Arthur Koestler, Hungarian by birth, certainly was a man with a controversial past. He attempted suicide when he thought that his manuscript of this book along with his girlfriend Daphne Hardy had been sunk by the Germans.

It turned out not to be true. It is unclear which he was more upset about losing. He became a British citizen and later in life he successfully committed suicide when he found out he was terminally ill with cancer. He convinced his much younger wife to commit suicide as well.

Their mutual friends felt that he must have bullied her into it. Despite his failings as a koestlet being he did write an important book that will be read and quoted long past the time artthur anyone will really remember koesyler ever was a USSR. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View koesgler 71 comments. Colpisce anche la biografia dello stesso Koestler: Diventa giornalista proprio in Medio Oriente.

Cinque anni dopo lascia tutto e si trasferisce darknsss Berlino: Dopo altre peripezie torna nuovamente in Francia, ma in quella occupata, e quindi lo tengono per qualche mese in un campo di detenzione. Poi lo liberano, ma rischia brutto, Petain collabora coi nazisti invasori: Nel ’41 pubblica questo romanzo, che certo non piacque al potere sovietico: Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by Hungarian-born Darknesa novelist Arthur Koestler, first nooon in 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.

Nov 21, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: Oh, how I do love those Russians! Plus I’m hoping reading this will make me feel better about my own life, which lately feels like a grim, freezing Stalinist dystopia of gray hopeless days. It could be worse, right?

MUCH bigger priority than getting work done, wouldn’t you say? Well, so, okay, this book was a little bit bleak. Yeah, not the feel-good date nov Oh, how I do love those Russians! Yeah, not the feel-good date novel of the year, not this one!