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It is they who will sacrifice any and all individuals to the state.
In a short forward he says that the characters in this book are fictitious, but that the historical circumstances which determined their actions are real.
Koestler became disillusioned with Big Communism during Stalin's purge show trials in the late 1930s which may have inspired this novel.
Though on tn the same subject as "1984", this "the revolution eats its own" novel is even closer to the truth of the totalitarian horror. Read morePublished 28 days ago by James Galloway
An interesting story of the moral emptiness of ideology that hints at alternative ways of viewing politics and the individual. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bruce
I benefited from the reading of this book.
In addition to being generally well-written and engaging, 'Darkness at Noon' poses some interesting and relevant philosophical... Read more
Well written account of realized Bolshevism in Russia of the 1930s taken to its logical conclusion. More a piece on man's relation to revolution an an investigation of communist... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rasheed Sabar
DARKNESS AT NOON is an important work, I've been told, and now having read it I see why. It's a short book, dark throughout with shafts of light when the narrator, Rubashov, is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nouvelle
Philosophically perfect, brilliantly written. One of the best, if not the best, books I have ever read. Authentic in all aspectsPublished 2 months ago by C. Chapin
Samuel Johnson once quipped that there was at least one good thing about a hanging - "it wonderfully concentrates the mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cassian Ardent
What is the moral of the story? Rubashov, a lifelong high level member of the nomenklatura who helped usher in the revolutionary regime, is arrested in the early morning hours and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Clegg