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Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler - First Edition. - 1941 - from mclinhavenbooks (SKU: 0003742)

Darkness At Noon

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Darkness At Noon

by Arthur Koestler

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New York: The McMillan Company, 1941. First Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good. Copyright date 1941, first edition, blue cloth over boards with silver lettering and design on the front and on the spine. No tears, a small bent corner on page 41, previous owners stamp on the inside front cover and flyleaf. No Dust Jacket. Shelf wear to the edges and to the head and told the spine are moderate with light bumps to the head and told light Browning to the inside front and back covers. Text is bright and clean, binding is secure, a solid collectible book of the top 100 novels of the 20th century. Size: 7ľ" - 9ľ" Tall

Synopsis

Darkness at Noon, by Hungarian-born British writer Arthur Koestler, 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. The novel is understood as an allegory to the USSR in 1938, the Great Purge, and the Moscow Trials. However, the text never mentions the Soviet Union or Russia (just “Country of the Revolution” and “Over There”) or Joseph Stalin (only “Number One,” a menacing dictator). Perhaps the lack of specific references is Koestler’s way of making the story seem more universal, but it’s clear he has in mind actual places, people, and events. Koestler was actually a proponent of Marxism-Leninism until Stalin’s 1938 Purge and the signing of the Nazi-Soviet pact. Afterwards, he edited an anti-Hitler, anti-Stalin newspaper. Koestler wrote the novel in German while living in Paris, from where he escaped in 1940 just before the Nazi troops arrived. Darkness at Noon owes its publication to the decision of sculptor Daphne Hardy, Koestler’s lover in Paris, to translate the text into English before she herself escaped. Koestler wrote Darkness at Noon as the second part of a trilogy; the first volume is The Gladiators (1939), first published in Hungarian. It is a novel about the subversion of the Spartacus revolt. The third novel is Arrival and Departure (1943), about a refugee during World War II. By then living in London, Koestler wrote the third in English. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Darkness at Noon number eight on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Sidney Kingsley adapted it for Broadway in 1951.    

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Bookseller
mclinhavenbooks US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
0003742
Title
Darkness At Noon
Author
Arthur Koestler
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition.
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The McMillan Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1941

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We are a privately owned book selling business and take great pride in a diverse and eclectic inventory of books. We sell to most other countries of the World, [please see countries we sell too] We sell almost exclusively hardcover books, a large part are Signed, in many categories. Mclin Haven has been selling books for over eleven years. Orders are shipped within one business day.

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