Darkness at Noon


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Scribner Book Company
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5.6 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

ARTHUR KOESTLER (1905-1983) was a novelist, journalist, essayist, and a towering public intellectual of the mid-twentieth century. Writing in both German and English, he published more than forty books during his life. Koestler is perhaps best known for Darkness at Noon, a novel often ranked alongside Nineteen Eighty-Four in its damning portrayal of totalitarianism.


"A rare and beautifully executed novel."
--New York Herald Tribune
"It is the sort of novel that transcends ordinary limitations...written with such dramatic power, with such warmth of feeling, and with such persuasive simplicity...The magic effect of Darkness at Noon is its magnificent tragic irony."--The New York Times Book Review
"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."--Times Literary Supplement (UK)
"One of the few books written in this epoch which will survive it."--New Statesman (UK)
"Darkness at Noon still lives as a study of fear and victimhood, of state brutality, of unjust imprisonment, of interrogation and forced confession."--The Guardian (UK)
"What makes Darkness at Noon such an enduring artistic work is Koestler's firsthand knowledge of his source material."--Acton Commentary
"There is nothing stilted about the new Darkness at Noon. It is a seamless, chilling book about the demands ideology makes on truth."--Aatish Taseer "Air Mail "
"Its central theme will probably always seem timely, because every political creed must eventually face the question of whether noble ends can justify evil means...a subversive book even today."--Adam Kirsch "The New Yorker "
"Koestler's novel is worth reading (or rereading). It shows how easily a smart person can justify monstrous acts."--Nancy Updike "Foreign Policy "
"Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon was one of the most influential novels of the 20th century, and the 20th century would have been a better century had it been more influential still."--Andrew Stuttaford "Wall Street Journal "
"The translation itself shines. It is a smooth, gripping read, and contains passages inserted after Hardy's translation was made, which now appear in English for the first time...This is a valuable translation of a novel that continues to enthrall."--Maya Chhabra "Los Angeles Review of Books "
Arthur Koestler "left behind him a body of work that will always be absorbing and challenging to anyone who admires men of principle or who enjoys the battle of ideas for its own sake."--Christopher Hitchens "Slate "
"Koestler demonstrates you needn't sacrifice prose for ideas...This is a book that needs to be read...This is a story that everyone needs to know, one that cuts to the heart of what it means to be a prisoner without rights."--Michael Schaub "Bookslut "