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Arthur Koestler (1905–1983)

Autor(a) de Darkness at Noon

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About the Author

Arthur Koestler was born on September 5, 1905 in Budapest, Hungary and studied at the University of Vienna. Koestler was a Middle East correspondent for several German newspapers, wrote for the Manchester Guardian, the London Times and the New York Herald Tribune. Koestler wrote Darkness at Noon, mostrar mais which centers on the destructiveness of politics, The Act of Creation, a book about creativity, and The Ghost in the Machine, which bravely attacks behaviorism. Arthur Koestler died in London on March 3, 1983. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon (1940) 5,379 exemplares
The Thirteenth Tribe (1976) 566 exemplares
The Ghost in the Machine (1967) 557 exemplares
Arrival and Departure (1943) 371 exemplares
The Case of the Midwife Toad (1971) 293 exemplares
The Gladiators (1939) 214 exemplares
Scum of the Earth (1941) 211 exemplares
Dialogue with Death (1942) 195 exemplares
Thieves in the Night (1946) 186 exemplares
The Lotus and the Robot (1960) 142 exemplares
The Age of Longing (1951) 91 exemplares
Bricks to Babel (1980) 90 exemplares
Stranger on the Square (1984) 55 exemplares
The Trail of the Dinosaur (1955) 29 exemplares
Spanish testament (1937) 26 exemplares
Autobiografia (1973) 10 exemplares
Les militants (1997) 9 exemplares
Los sonámbulos v.1 (1/2) (1901) 9 exemplares
En busca de la utopía (1983) 7 exemplares
AUTOBIOGRAFIA 3 (LIBBOL0509) (1974) 6 exemplares
Oeuvres autobiographiques (1994) 5 exemplares
Kaleidoscope (1981) 5 exemplares
Szajhák (2019) 3 exemplares
The Paris Review 92 1984 Summer (1984) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Plomien i lod (2009) 2 exemplares
Pühendatud 2 exemplares
Betrayal 1 exemplar
Leven na de dood 1 exemplar
Los convocados 1 exemplar
CAHIER 1 exemplar
The Divine Within 1 exemplar
India (1999) 1 exemplar
Japán (1999) 1 exemplar
Nagyvárosi történetek (1997) 1 exemplar
Sunday Telegraph 1 exemplar
Tuomion päivä 1 exemplar
Von Heiligen und Automaten (1961) 1 exemplar
Face au néant (1975) 1 exemplar
The Anchor Review (ONE) (1955) 1 exemplar
Bir Bilim Tarihi Kitabi (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Reunion (1960) — Introdução, algumas edições1,612 exemplares
The God That Failed (1944) — Contribuidor — 427 exemplares
A World of Great Stories (1947) 261 exemplares
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Great Spy Stories From Fiction (1969) — Contribuidor, algumas edições76 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Horizon Magazine Volume 17 Number 01 1975 Winter (1968) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Philosophy now : an introductory reader (1972) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Little reviews anthology — Contribuidor, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



An attempt to exonerate a famous scientist accused of fraud. It works well, gradually introducing evidence and maintaining interest. Personally, I felt the author withheld some information until later in the book to try to bolster his case. I remain unconvinced,but somewhat doubtful and enjoyed the read
cspiwak | 7 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
"La primera novela en ser escrita es "La rebelión de los gladiadores" de Arthur Koestler, publicada en 1939. De origen húngaro, Koestler se afilió al Partido Comunista en 1931 y lo dejó, decepcionado, en 1937. Fruto de esa decepción surgió su novela, en la que, a través de la rebelión de Espartaco, hace un estudio pormenorizado de la revolución, en la que, inevitablemente, los generales que la idean terminan siendo para sus hombres más temibles que sus anteriores amos, ya que el esclavo que nunca ha tenido libertad, cuando la tiene no sabe lo que es ni que puede hacer con ella. La visión de Koestler es pesimista y trágica, y muestra a los propios esclavos renegando de Espartaco e incluso defendiendo a sus amos de él ya que no son capaces de entender lo que este les ofrece.".… (mais)
libreriarofer | 4 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2024 |
This is a magnificent novel with a truly universal message. The translation by Philip Boehm of the newly rediscovered German manuscript is excellent as well. The novel was completed in 1940 and echoes the Soviet show trials of 1938 without explicitly mentioning which party and which country is involved. The Vintage edition also includes excerpts from another book by Koestler where he describes his own experience being locked up in one of Franco's jails as well as the final statement of the accused from one of the show trials.

The story begins when Rubashov, a leader in the Communist Party, is arrested and but into his jail cell. The reader is immediately given the feeling of being confined together with Rubashov. He is interrogated and told that he is expected to confess to all of his crimes. Rubashov looks back at his life and remembers when he sat in judgement of his comrades resulting in their deaths. The novel includes a number of philosophical discussions as well.

This novel is often cited by conservatives critical of the Soviet Union but the message of the novel applies to anyone who is being told to switch his own beliefs to accord with the party line. This makes the message even more universal. For example, the story would apply equally well to the members of the Republican Party who have had to totally change their beliefs to accommodate the latest MAGA statements.
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M_Clark | 99 outras críticas | Feb 8, 2024 |
Revolutions eat their children. When revolution takes place suddenly and aims at eradicating the previous regime in totality (history, news, people, events - anything and everything that might indicate there was life before the revolution) we end up with radical dictatorships right or left - they are all the same. When the final battles are won then it is required to take care of any survivors because they are unfortunate witnesses - people that know of the world before (what a blasphemy).

And this is how we get to the Rubashov, our main protagonist. High functionary of the party, responsible for some pretty heinous deeds in the name of Party, he is soon declared a persona non grata, arrested and placed into the solitary confinement for his anti-revolutionary actions (aka everything they can pack on). And so travel to the inevitable destination starts.

Story is a critique of the Soviet regime under Stalin (No.1) but same as Orwell's 1984 it is not sole critique of the left but any dictatorship. In my opinion only reason left dictatorships are given as an example in books like this, is because left revolutions are more social-oriented in nature and are supposed to bring better conditions for everyone, not cause more mayhem and despair.

For these societies it does not matter who the person is, once tagged as criminal element there is no further discussion, everyone knows how this needs to end. At that moment everyone who ever knew the person needs to disavow that same person, bury it under ton of accusations and findings that were always "subliminally there". Snitches arise and tell on others just to prove the scope of ever present conspiracy. There is never any doubt, greater the purge, the better because fear is greater and danger oh ever more palpable (so last year right?). Now imagine hundreds of revolutionaries from the 1920's and 1930's giving their best for the Party, fighting for the ideals and then ending in prisons and in front of firing squads or in dark dirty yard shot in the back.They are loyal to the very end, sure that this is an error and wholeheartedly believing will be saved in the end ..... so sad.

While all of the above is nothing new and was subject of many a novel what is eternal is message of the book - if you are fighting for the cause that treats all the others like scum of the earth is that cause worth fighting for? How deep can one go before becoming the relic, something to eliminate because it has no further purpose? Is human life only valid while it is useful, can we dehumanize a human being by terror, fears fed every second of a day being so much that human being becomes just a simple-minded drone, pure statistic? Is it worth living in society where you see bad things happening but cannot talk about it for fear of death or life ruination (again so 20's right)?

Novel style is excellent, author manages to capture the emotions of all parties involved and paints a very vivid picture of a dystopian society. All of this in very concise sentences and without becoming too melodramatic about the not so likeable character like Rubashov.

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Zare | 99 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |



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