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1968*1st* Darkness At Noon - Arthur Koestler (Translated by Daphne Hardy)Scribner US Publish

1968*1st* Darkness At Noon - Arthur Koestler (Translated by Daphne Hardy)Scribner US Publish

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Darkness at Noon is a novel written by Arthur Koestler and published in 1940. It is set in Soviet Russia during the Stalinist era and explores the themes of political repression, totalitarianism, and the loss of individual freedom.

The story follows the life of Rubashov, a former high-ranking Communist Party member who is arrested and imprisoned for alleged political crimes against the state. While in prison, Rubashov reflects on his life, his political beliefs, and his role in the party.

As Rubashov faces interrogation and torture, he begins to question his loyalty to the party and the morality of the regime he once served. Through his internal dialogue and interactions with the interrogator, Ivanov, Rubashov confronts the contradictions and hypocrisies of the communist ideology.

Thematic elements explored in Darkness at Noon include the struggle between individual freedom and collective interests, the manipulation of truth for political gain, and the dehumanizing effects of totalitarianism. Koestler delves into the psychology of individuals who willingly sacrifice their own values and morality in service of a political ideology.

The novel is regarded as a powerful critique of Stalinism and totalitarian regimes in general. It highlights the dangers of authoritarian rule, the erosion of human rights, and the moral compromises that individuals make under oppressive systems.

Darkness at Noon has been widely praised for its insightful depiction of the psychological and political turmoil experienced by individuals living under totalitarian regimes. It is considered one of the most important works of political fiction and a significant contribution to the literature of the 20th century.

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