An edition of Sonnenfinsternis (1940)

Darkness at Noon

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An edition of Sonnenfinsternis (1940)

Darkness at Noon

  • 4.00 ·
  • 11 Ratings
  • 64 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 17 Have read

Darkness at Noon (German: Sonnenfinsternis) is a novel by Hungarian-born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940. His best known work, it is the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government that he helped to create.

The novel is set in 1939 during the Stalinist Great Purge and Moscow show trials. Despite being based on real events, the novel does not name either Russia or the Soviets, and tends to use generic terms to describe people and organizations: for example the Soviet government is referred to as "the Party" and Nazi Germany is referred to as "the Dictatorship". Joseph Stalin is represented by "Number One", a menacing dictator. The novel expresses the author's disillusionment with the Bolshevik ideology of the Soviet Union at the outset of World War II.

In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Darkness at Noon number eight on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, even though Koestler wrote it in German.

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Vintage
Pages
224

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Cover of: Darkness at noon
Darkness at noon
2006, Scribner
Cover of: Darkness at Noon
Darkness at Noon
December 1, 1994, Vintage
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Darkness at Noon
March 1, 1984, Bantam
Mass Market Paperback in English
Cover of: Darkness at noon
Darkness at noon
1968, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: Darkness At Noon
Darkness At Noon
1966, Bantam
Paperback in English
Cover of: Darkness at noon
Darkness at noon
1966, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: Darkness at noon
Darkness at noon
1962, Time, Inc.
in English

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PR6021.O4 D3, PR6021.O4

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OL7317676M
ISBN 10
0099424916
ISBN 13
9780099424918
OCLC/WorldCat
67226397
Library Thing
19365
Goodreads
52149

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