Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

No image available

Darkness at Noon

No image available

Darkness at Noon

by Koestler, Arthur

  • Used
  • Paperback
Condition
G+
Seller
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Urbana, Illinois
Item Price
$4.00
Or just $3.60 with a
Bibliophiles club membership
$3.60 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 7 to 14 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

New York: Macmillan, 1963. 219pp. Extremities chipped & lightly soiled. Glossary.. Reprint. Paperback. G+.

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.    

Read More: Identifying first editions of Darkness at Noon

Reviews

Review this book and you’ll be entered for a chance to win !

(Log-in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!

Details

bookseller
Priceless Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
093765
Title
Darkness at Noon
Author
Koestler, Arthur
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - G+
Edition
Reprint
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Macmillan
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1963
Keywords
CLASSICS

Terms of Sale

Priceless Books

Subject to prior sale, returns accepted if not as described. Will hold books for two weeks.

About the Seller

Priceless Books

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Biblio.com member since 2005
Urbana, Illinois
Ask Seller a Question

Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
soiled
Generally refers to minor discoloration or staining.
g+
A term used to denote a condition a slight grade better than Good. Good is defined as "describes the average used and worn book... [More]

This Book’s Categories

tracking-