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Darkness at Noon

by Koestler, Arthur

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  • Paperback
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ISBN 10
0553201352
ISBN 13
9780553201352
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New York: Bantam Books, 1981. This is a mass market paperback. The cover has some surface wear and scuffing. . Nineteenth Printing. Paperback. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" 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
Oddball Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
074544
Title
Darkness at Noon
Author
Koestler, Arthur
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Nineteenth Printing
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0553201352
ISBN 13
9780553201352
Publisher
Bantam Books
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1981
Keywords
Fiction
Bookseller catalogs
Russian History;
Size
12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall

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