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Darkness at Noon Reissue Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0553265958
ISBN-10: 0553265954
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This splendid novel is set in the tumultuous Soviet Union of the 1930s during the treason trials. Rubashov, the protagonist and a hero of the revolution, is arrested and jailed for things he has not done, though there is much about the current Soviet state that veered from his ideals as a revolutionary. His investigators, Ivanov and Gletkin, seek a public confession and interrogate him using a number of methods. Through the ordeal, Rubashov reaches an epiphany or two while his interrogators suffer the cruel fate of the Soviet machine. Darkness at Noon succeeds as political/historical novel, but even more so as a refreshing tale of the human spirit. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"A remarkable book, a grimly fascinating interpretation of...all revolutionary dictatorships, and at the same time a tense and subtly intellectualised drama of prison psychology" Times Literary Supplement "[Darkness At Noon] is written from terrible experience. From knowledge of the men whose struggles of mind and body he describes. Apart from its sociological importance, it is written with a subtlety and an economy which class it as great literature. I have read it twice without feeling that I have learned more than half of what it has to offer me- Koestler approaches the problem of ends and means, of love and truth and social organisation, through the thoughts of an old Bolshevik, Rubashov, as he awaits death in a GPU prison" New Statesman "Along with Animal Farm and 1984, this book formed part of the essential bookshelf of those intellectuals who repudiated their early illusions about the Soviet Union" -- Christopher Hitchens The Week "It brilliantly portrays the chilling tyranny of Soviet Communism" -- Sandy Gall The Week --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (April 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553265954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553265958
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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