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This is most appropriately classified as an autobiographical novel The author Arthur Koestler became a member of the German Communist Party in 1931 In 1938 disillusioned by Stalin s Moscow show trials and indiscriminate urges of the so called counter revolutionaries he left the Party In 1940 came his critiue Darkness at Noon a novel sharply critical of CommunismBoth the author and the central Routledge Library Editions protagonist of the novel Rubashov begin with a strong belief in Communism Both become disillusioned Thus both theositive and the negative are illuminated allowing one to see Communism s Crisis in Bethlehem potential as well as its weaknesses Rubashov brimming with the merits and ideals of Communism has dedicated his life to the Party Now he is imprisoned andsychologically tortured by the very same Party he had so fervently worked to establish I appreciate that the book is not filled with excruciating depiction of The Return of the Twelves physical abuse Thesychological torture as depicted in the book is adeuate Sleep deprivation blazing lights extended interrogations threats and mock killings Rubashov is confined to an isolation cell but Dizzy Jimmy prisoners have a means of communicating by tapping Tension inexorably mounts in the bookThe beginning is confusing The events spoken of are true but in that they are described in generic terms confusion arises The setting is 1938 Russia during the Great Purge and yet Russia is never once mentioned Stalin is spoken of as Number One The Soviet government is spoken of as the Party Nazi Germany is spoken of as the Dictatorship As you come to understand how the story is told the confusion clearsHow does the story end It ends as it must end as it should end The audiobook I listened to is narrated by Frank Muller At the beginning I disliked it immensely As I continued I grew accustomed to his manner of speaking By the end it felt OK but I never grew to like it I have thus given the audioerformance two stars What I dislike but which may not disturb others is Muller s tendency to Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) progressively speak faster and faster to increase suspense and tension First the speed increases and and Then he concludes the sentence by drawing out the end interminably with a long drawn out whisper This drove me nuts It isrominent at the beginning than at the end of the audiobook I do not like narrators to artificially exaggerate suspense I need reminders from time to time like those in this novel of sychological and moral atrocities of the hyper viciousness of a ack lead by unstable maniacs and sociopaths Darkness at Noon is a chilling novel about Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov an old Bolshevik formerly Commissar of the People and a leader in the 1917 Russian REVolution who is imprisoned during Stalin s Grammar by Diagram purges after he speaks out against the tyranny of his former comrades These former comrades torture Rubashov and break himsychologically until he confesses to crimes he did not commit A Murder Maker powerfulolitical classic A 20th century classic that succeeds on two levels As a searing indictment of totalitarian نشانیها political systems and as an absorbing human drama My initial feeling of revulsion toward therotagonist Rubashov a former high ranking government functionary now imprisoned and charged with crimes against the state ultimately gave way to a grudging sense of compassion At the story s climax I somehow resisted the urge to set down the book walk down the hallway and start drumming my hands on my bedroom door An inside reference for those who have read this book Recommended to fans of George Orwell s 1984 George really liked Darkness at Noon there s a good chan. Originally Ask Yourself This published in 1941 Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece Darkness At Noon is aowerful and haunting Good Witch, Bad Witch portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s During Stalin'surges Nicholas Rubas.
Ce you ll like it too In closing How come there s never been a major theatrical film adaptation of this book It would make a fine The Tokyo Zodiac Murders periodiece and I d love to see it on the big screen Until thenfive stars 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 I ve got a lot of work to do tonight and somehow I thought this would be an excellent time to go back and review Darkness at Noon MUCH bigger Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances priority than getting work done wouldn t you sayWell so okay this book was a little bit bleak Yeah not the feel good date novel of the year not this one Darkness at Noon conveys the brutality and claustrophobia of therison cell and interrogation room and you kind of do feel like you re there toothache and hunger and all and okay let s be honest it isn t much funThis story such as it is covers the madcap adventures of one Mr Rubashov a revolutionary who is in the Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten process of beingurged by the vaguely Stalinesue Number One leader of the Party that Rubashov helped to create Now if you think this sounds reminiscent of the delightful 1960s television show The Prisoner think again Actually I bet whoever dreamed up The Prisoner had read this book a few timesBut don t get excited There are no bicycles womb chairs or hot mod girls in striped shirts here There is only the cell and the Party and Rubashov s thoughts oh and his Boneshaker (BA 43-500, pince nez and the tapping guy next door and a few tortured memories but really there sretty much only Rubashov and the PartyThis was a helpful book for a girl who grew up in Berkeley California where they A Star Is Born put red diapers on their babies and give the children Che Guevara dolls tolay with Barbie s considered counter revolutionary As a good homegrown lefty I ve always been a bit baffled by the Red Scare and why exactly CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition people get soooooo hysterical about communism I mean obviously I understand whyeople get so freaked out about Stalin but I mean like communism and all that sort of thing generally and this book did give me a better sense of what that s about I think I do get a bit what it is that freaky The Ornament (Ornament, people like Ayn Rand or whoever are reacting against it s this idea of subordinating one s self in this book the firsterson singular ronoun is called a grammatical fiction in service of a resumed greater good and it s about the deeply unpleasant Rant places one arrives at in following that line of thought to its logical conclusionI didn t love this book but I thought it was successful at conveying this idea well through the form of the novel The reader is in Rubashov s head truly stuck just with him and his thoughts while he sits in solitary confinement awaiting his torture and death and what works well here is that disorienting experience of occupying theerson of an individual who s in denial of his and everyone else s own individual Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM personhood Koestler s really emphasized the individuality and humanity of all the book s characters even minor ones in a way that makes them each distinctive and memorable and this heightens the sense that there is something seriously wrong with Rubashov s world view You get or I got the eerie feeling of this empty character who s hollowed himself out into a sort of vessel for the Party but who still retains some sense of individual humanity he suddenly experiences while confronting death Then I think that there s some trick there on the reader when this soulless unsympathetic character begins experiencing cognitive dissonance in. Hov an aging revolutionary is imprisoned andsychologically tortured by the Challenged to Win party he has devoted his life to Under mountingressure to confess to crimes he did not commit Rubashov relives a career that embodies the ironies and betrayals of a revolutionar.
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Confronting his own sense of individual humanity and the reader sort of gets sucked along after him even if we started out ahead at least that s kind of what happened to meOn the one hand this book is agitprop and on the other it s a Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons pretty decent novel but really there aren t two hands or if there are they re cuffed together or intertwined or something I mean there really isn t a novel here without theolitical stuff and I sort of feel like I took two main things away from this First Darkness at Noon is not just about Stalin but is a specific critiue of the left which says that at its extreme this olitical hilosophy crushes the individual in service of Humanity Okay so this is obvious overly rehearsed stuff as is its counterpart that the right s extreme crushes Humanity in service of the individual Blah blah blah blah who cares right I mean I do But it s not newsThough I did benefit from and appreciate the anti communist The Color of a Leader perspective what I ultimately took away from this was beyond the narcissism of leftright differences When you turn out the lights those colors and distinctions go away and then there you are in a dark cell Torture and murder by the state certainly didn t start with Stalin or end with ahem any recent administrations andersonally if I were arrested and tortured I wouldn t be too overly concerned with the Into the Planet political nuances of the state doing it I take Darkness at Noon to be saying on some level that the state is just scary Politics is dangerous because it leads to this construction of ends and means and that just doesn t usually go anywhere good I mean therein lies the road to extraordinary rendition via unmarkedlanes to Syria or whatever and a lotta other real icky stuffThis book got me thinking about a troubling Dusk (Rosales Saga, phenomenon I ve always been stuck on which is how so many activists and such with lovely leftistolitics I don t really know any right wing activists so I can t speak on that very often treat the individuals in their lives like total shit I mean clearly not all but enough to be noticeable and I ve always really wondered about that My difficulty dealing with really George Washingtons Secret Six politicaleople on a ersonal level is one major reason why I m not olitically active myself and this book fed into my bias about that Can most The Caretaker people only really focus on either the individual in the foreground or humanity in the background Do we lack the lens to see both clearly at the same time I think Koestler s sayingeople can t or at least Clara After Dark - 01 people can t in a totalitarian communist state which iserhaps not a Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens, point that needs much belaboringAnyway this was aretty good book and I m glad that I read it While reading Kiss of the Spider Woman afterwards I couldn t stop drawing Over the River Through the Wood parallels between Valentin and Rubashov and thinking about how much happier Rubashov could have been if only they d given him a gay cinophile for a cellmate Alas it was not to beBy the way apparently Bill Clinton commented during the whole Lewinsky shitshow that he felt like Rubashov in Darkness at Noon which to me seems like a very shocking and self indicting statement considering the details of the novel here s a little article about that Sonnenfinsternis Darkness at Noon c1940 Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon German Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler firstublished in 1940 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 2001 1379 240 9646235239 20 1391 245 9789642091324 230 184 1917 193. Y dictatorship that believes it is an instrument of liberationA seminal work of twentieth century literature Darkness At Noon is a enetrating exploration of the moral danger inherent in a system that is willing to enforce its beliefs by any means necessar.
Arthur Koestler CBE Kösztler Artúr was a prolific writer of essays novels and autobiographiesHe was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but apart from his early school years was educated in Austria His early career was in journalism In 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Germany but disillusioned he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti Communis