Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

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"Based on Stalin's Moscow show trials of the 1930s, Darkness at Noon follows Nicholas Rubashov, an activist who has outlived his usefulness, as he is 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, Darkness at Noon asks questions about ends and means that have relevance not only for the past but for the perilous present." -- Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Classics, 2015
ISBN: 9781476785554
1476785554
Branch Call Number: CF KOESTLER
Characteristics: ix, 273 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 14, 2013

Hungarian-born Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon" is perhaps the definitive novel of the totalitarian mind and state (with apologies to "1984"). Set during Stalin's purges, it tells of a party member (perhaps based on Trotsky) who is arrested, imprisoned and interrogated. Much of the novel consists of long dialogues, reminiscent of "The Grand Inquisitor" section of Brothers K., and internal monologues. One of Modern Library's top ten novels of the century.

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rrrobbie
Mar 11, 2012

very interesting story about the darkness ot the Stalinist period.

Very scary times

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jr637
Nov 07, 2011

The ending makes sick logical sense, but goes against every moral grain in your body. A well-written book deserving of its #8 spot on the Modern Library's Top 100 Novels.

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msalmon
Mar 12, 2011

Excellent book about totalitarianism. Although it is old, it is still relevant today.

If you don't have experience with an all-controlling government, this presents a good idea of the suffering imposed upon people.

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reschkes
Jan 18, 2011

Fanatastic book. A must read.

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fletchmo
Jan 08, 2010

a heavy read, deep thought from the main character, narrator about what conditions are needed to have a democracy.
read this book 20 years ago and it really stuck deep into my mind

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