Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon Darkness at Noon from the German Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by the Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler first published in His best known work tells the tale of Rubashov a Bolshevik

  • Title: Darkness at Noon
  • Author: Arthur Koestler
  • ISBN: 9780140005394
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • Darkness at Noon from the German Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by the Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940 His best known work tells the tale of Rubashov, a Bolshevik 1917 revolutionary who is cast out, imprisoned and tried for treason by the Soviet government he d helped create.Darkness at Noon stands as an unequaled fictional portrayDarkness at Noon from the German Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by the Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940 His best known work tells the tale of Rubashov, a Bolshevik 1917 revolutionary who is cast out, imprisoned and tried for treason by the Soviet government he d helped create.Darkness at Noon stands as an unequaled fictional portrayal of the nightmare politics of our time Its hero is an aging revolutionary, 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, it asks questions about ends and means that have relevance not only for the past but for the perilous present It is as the Times Literary Supplement has declared A remarkable book, a grimly fascinating interpretation of the logic of the Russian Revolution, indeed of all revolutionary dictatorships, and at the same time a tense and subtly intellectualized drama.

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    About “Arthur Koestler

    • Arthur Koestler

      Arthur Koestler CBE K sztler Art r was a prolific writer of essays, novels and autobiographies.He 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 Communist novel, Darkness at Noon, which propelled him to instant international fame.Over the next forty three years he espoused many causes, wrote novels and biographies, and numerous essays In 1968 he was awarded the prestigious and valuable Sonning Prize For outstanding contribution to European culture , and in 1972 he was made a Commander of the British Empire CBE.In 1976 he was diagnosed with Parkinson s disease and three years later with leukaemia in its terminal stages He committed suicide in 1983 in London.



    530 thoughts on “Darkness at Noon

    • ”This is a diseased century.We diagnosed the disease and its causes with microscopic exactness, but wherever we applied the healing knife a new sore appeared. Our will was hard and pure, we should have been loved by the people. But they hate us. Why are we so odious and detested?We brought you truth, and in our mouth it sounded a lie. We brought you freedom, and it looks in our hands like a whip. We brought you the living life, and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rust [...]


    • 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 priority than getting work done, wouldn't you say.?Well, so, okay, this book was a little bit bleak. Yeah, not the feel-good date novel [...]


    • The back of my 1972 copy of Darkness at Noon claims that it is "one of the few books written in this epoch which will survive it." To me, Darkness at Noon seems like a book on the verge of being forgotten. It's almost never on the shelves in bookstores or libraries, and I rarely hear it discussed. I don't think it's taught in schools, at least in my part of the world. Perhaps with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communism and the Cold War, the importance of the great revolutions [...]


    • An Announcement Concerning the Class Traitor NotAfter a scrupulously fair trial in the People's Court, Comrade Not has been found guilty of posting an ideologically unsound review. To protect other comrades from the possibility of being seduced into thought-crime, the review has now been removed from the community area. has also offered Not a course of reeducation. Their representatives arrived promptly at 4 am yesterday morning, and courteously but firmly helped Not to understand her dialecti [...]


    • I need reminders from time to time, like those in this novel, of psychological and moral atrocities, of the hyper-viciousness of a pack 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 purges after he speaks out against the tyranny of his former comrades. These former comrades torture Rubashov and bre [...]


    • At the end of 1984 Winston Smith asks O'Brien why the party acts the way it does. His answer always pissed me off: "Power for power's sake." That's not an explanation. That's a tautological cop out. It's like Orwell was content to warn us about what a totalitarian state would look like without exploring more deeply why it got there. Thanks George. Darkness at Noon explores this question more fully and in a more honest way. According to Koestler the Soviets were basically a bunch of Raskolnikovs. [...]


    • A best friend with different literary tastes than myself recommended a book. An historian buff he reported this psychological, political rendered piece of fiction as his all time favorite. A friendship of many years deserves its many sacrifices. A bit of time seemed small. Maybe many of us here at GR have been in this situation. A small amount of time sacrificed does not only mean plowing instead of the grace of reading but also not getting the time for the next book we have been waiting to read [...]


    • حزب را رها می‌کند، بله ولی کمونیسم را نه. نامه‌ی سرگشاده‌ی کناره‌گیری از حزب را هم که می‌نویسد باز هم خود را کمونیست می‌داند. بعدها هم این را با خرسندی اعلام می‌کند، تا اخر عمر. دوره‌ی عضویت در حزب نه بیهوده بوده و نه بی‌ثمر، متضمن شناخت و آشنایی با دیگر مسائل، ثمره تعلق خا [...]


    • Darkness at Noon is one of the classics of anti-totalitarian literature, often mentioned alongside novels such as Brave New World and 1984. While both these novels are fictions based on an idea of a totalitarian state, Darkness at Noon is a clear allegory of Soviet Russia during the 1930's - the time of the Moscow show trials and the Great Purge.Although the author openly acknowledges this in the preface, the country in which the book is set is never named - though he includes specific details r [...]


    • A dark and intriguing study of the politics of revolution, counter-revolution, social experimentation on a grand scale – set against the backdrop of Stalin’s Moscow show trials.This a dark story of one man’s (fictionalised although based on fact) experience of arrest, incarceration, torture and subsequent show trial.This is all about thought control and the ethics / morals of ‘physical liquidation’ / execution and the wiping out of huge numbers of people as part of the revolutionary pr [...]


    • An interesting novel but I find it pale in comparison with real prison literature, I'd recommend Evgenia Ginzburg's memoir Journey into the Whirlwind above this without hesitation, not on account of literary merit but simply because of the author's sense of surprise at the unlikeliness of it all. Koestler's fiction is a work of the imagination. Something designed to serve the purposes of the author, that gives insight into their opinions and not into (save perhaps accidentally) the situation the [...]


    • Definitely one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. I am embarrassed, frankly, that I'm 37 and reading this only now. This is a work I should have read in high school, then in college, then again almost every year since. Standing guard silently behind greats like Orwell and Hitchens is Arthur Koestler. Rubashov is one of the best-realized characters and Darkness at Noon is a near-perfect novel. Dostoevsky would have killed Koestler with an axe, and Tolstoy would have pushed his ass in fro [...]


    • A rather strange experience: here is a book which possesses many great qualities--it is well written, has a gripping story, and a great depth of psychology--but it ultimately falls into that secondary tier of modern novels that fail to make a full philosophical exploration of their quandries.Perhaps the relative slimness of this book--often cited as the best novel of the Twentieth--is related to that shortcoming. While the political message is powerful and the philosophical questioning interesti [...]


    • Before I read Darkness at Noon, I could never quite comprehend the source of the wretched servility and abject self-negation with which the Old Bolsheviks broadcast their guilt and apostasy in so convincing a manner at the Moscow Show Trials in the mid-thirties. Koestler—no stranger to dark, narrow prison cells and the exquisite torture of living minute to precious minute awaiting the stark drum roll of the executioner's approaching footsteps—brings all of his harsh experience to this swiftl [...]


    • نمی‌دانم در سیستم‌های سیاسیِ دیگر هم همین شباهت با دورانِ پاکسازیِ شوروی سابق وجود دارد یا نه. به هر حال من در لابلای خطوط این رمان موسوی را می‌دیدم که همچون روباشف با بازجویانِ جوانِ انقلابیِ نسل جدید مواجه می‌شود که خردکننده‌اند. زنده باد ادبیات که چنین رنج‌هایی را به‌خ [...]


    • There are only two conceptions of human ethics, and they are at opposite poles. One of them is Christian and humane, declares the individual to be sacrosancte other starts from the basic principle that a collective aim justifies all means, and not only allows, but demands that the individual should in every way be subordinated and sacrificed to the community.Koestler believes in socialism; his question is, if achieving socialism means torturing and murdering a few people, do we throw out the peo [...]


    • فضای کتاب عجیب فضای این روزای ایران رو داره از حذف هرگونه انتقاد از افراد معمولی بگیرید تا حذف شخصیت های مهمی که بیشترین نقش رو تو انقلاب داشتنبهترین معرفی که درباره ی کتاب میشه داد ، متنی هستش که رو جلد کتاب آورده شده“ظلمت در نیمروز حکایت زندگی کسانی است در روزگاری غریب که نا [...]


    • Remarkable story on the translation history of this book from the NYRB:The implications of Weßel’s discovery are considerable, for Darkness at Noon is that rare specimen, a book known to the world only in translation. This peculiar distinction has been little discussed in the vast critical literature about Koestler and his famous novel. In my lengthy 2009 biography of Koestler I barely touch on it, yet the phenomenon is all the more extraordinary when one considers that the novel has been tra [...]


    • Gün Ortasında Karanlık Koestler'in en başarılı eserlerinden biri olarak kabul ediliyor. Ağır bir şekilde politik dönem eleştirisi ve psikolojik gerilimi olan bir kitap. Her ne kadar net bir dönem ismi belirtilmemişse de kitabın Stalin Dönemi'ni eleştirisi olduğunu kitap ile ilgili söylenenler arasında.Rubashov'un sabah aniden kapısının çalınıp tutuklanmasıyla bu karamsar süreç başlıyor. Rubashov'un hücre kapatılmasıyla geçmişi ve hayalleri arasında gelip gidiy [...]


    • L'UNICO SOGNO CONSISTE IN UNA PAROLA SCRITTA SULLA PORTA DEL CIMITERO DEI VINTI: DORMIREEcco un libro che mi colpì molto ed è rimasto profondo nella mia memoria, forse perché è stato il primo che ho letto sull'argomento (le purghe staliniane, per usare una definizione riduttiva).Forse invece perché è proprio bello e magari meriterebbe la quinta stella.Altro elemento che colpisce è che fu scritto nel 1940, pochi anni dopo l'inizio di quel mostruoso periodo storico, e viene da pensare che s [...]


    • Comrade Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov is one of the founding Party of the Revolution. He is also perhaps the only man of that group of idealising thinkers still alive. For a long time he has had a recurring dream of being arrested in his bed, while sleeping under the poster of No. 1 (Stalin), the same poster that hangs above every bed, on every wall. And finally, he is arrested. As a politicial prisoner he is given solitude and time to sweat. There is a certain degree of fatalism in the way he [...]


    • تاریخ ظلماتدرباره‌ی «ظلمت در نیمروز» و ترجمه‌های فارسی‌اشمیلاد کامیابیانکتاب‌های بسیاری تاریخ را روایت می‌کنند و کتاب‌های بسیار کمی اهمیت تاریخی دارند. اما کتاب‌هایی که این هر دو ویژگی را باهم داشته باشند انگشت‌شمارند. «ظلمت در نیمروز» آرتور کوستلر یکی از آن‌هاست. نو [...]


    • "ظلمت در نیمروز"نوشته ی "آرتور کاستلر" نویسنده ی مجارستانی است که بهترین اثر او به شمار می رود.در این رمان ،از دستگیری تا اعدام بولشویک پا به سن گذاشته ای به نام «روباشوف» را میخانیم که( در داستان) از رهبران انقلاب ۱۹۱۷ و عضوی از کمیته مرکزی حزب کمونیست شوروی بوده.عنوان کتاب " ظلم [...]


    • I told myself I'd read enough WWII stories, but something had always drawn me to Darkness at Noon, so I started it anyway. Maybe I was meant to abandon it from the start.Try as I did, I couldn't find anything to get excited about in this story. Still, I didn't hate it. Honestly, I wish I did. I felt nothing toward it -- something a story hasn't ever done to me. If nothing else, I'll always remember it for that.Although Darkness at Noon seems clearly set in Soviet Russia during the 1930s, the nar [...]


    • Koestler’s principle character, Rubashov, spends his entire adult life pushing the master narrative of the Soviet Revolution only to fall victim to it when the Stalinist purges of the 30s come calling. He’s arrested, seemingly for no reason, and forced to swallow the same cold philosophy he not only espoused but also used to justify the deaths of friends, compatriots, and even his lover. The Soviet prison where he finds himself is a Kafkaesque nightmare, but for Rubashov, all the conflict is [...]


    • Προφητικό, φιλοσοφημένο, διαφωτιστικό. Οι τελευταίες σελίδες είναι τουλάχιστον συγκλονιστικές.


    • Non credo più nella mia infallibilitàUna lettura che mi ha preso un po’ alla volta: una partenza difficile, un momento di rifiuto, un proseguimento faticoso in attesa poi l’inaspettato coinvolgimento, l’interesse e la piena partecipazione fino all’ultima pagina. Una scrittura profonda, condotta con una lucidità sconvolgente: una speculazione spietata del Totalitarismo, cui non viene mai associato un nome particolare, ma che viene scrutato in tutti i suoi aspetti; una indagine della co [...]


    • Darkness at Noon is a dramatised version of real events, an obvious but unnamed simulacrum of Stalinist Russia, with Rubashov, formerly a senior member of the Party, suddenly arrested and imprisoned for invented crimes. Driven not by character or plot but by ideas, it depicts Rubashov's state of mind and thought process as his incarceration forces him to contemplate the part he has played in building a dictatorship, and his disillusionment with the political philosophy he has imposed on others. [...]



    • “What had he said to them? "I bow my knees before the country, before the masses, before the whole people." And what then? What happened to these masses, to this people? For forty years it had been driven through the desert, with threats and promises, with imaginary terrors and imaginary rewards. But where was the Promised Land? Did there really exist any such goal for this wandering mankind? That was a question to which he would have liked an answer before it was too late. Moses had not been [...]


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