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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the War Based Novel, Darkness At Noon.

Arthur Koestler, a Hungarian author, wrote the novel Darkness At Noon. The Modern Library ranked the book as number 8 on the 100 best English language novels list. The novel turned into a play and a television production in 1950.

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Author:   Arthur Koestler

Genre:    War based Fiction

Pages:     272

Good reads rating: 4.0 of 5

My Rating:  8 of 10

Published:  2019 (Re-published)

Publisher:   Scribner

Language:   English

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Review and Summary of Darkness At Noon, by Arthur Koestler.

***Warning Spoilers Below This Point***

The Moscow Trials displayed the background of the book and showed society’s disturbing side. This book presents the second volume of the trilogy published by Koestler. The first volume received the name The Gladiators and the third one Arrival and Departure. Daphne Hardy, the companion of the author, translated the novel in English in 1940.

The author wrote the novel on the Great Purge of the Stalinists. The writer based the story on true events without using real names and used general terms to describe the people and the organisation. It states this novel in four parts.

The first one named, The First Hearing the second one called The Second Hearing, the third one known as, The Third Hearing, and he named the fourth one as, The Grammatical Fiction. In the translation of 2019, the translator Boehm changed the word hearing to interrogation for clarification.

The novel starts with the arrest of Rubashov in the middle of the night, by two men disguised as policemen. From the very early stage, the author framed the novel by portraying the state of the time and the characters of the policemen. The author described the main character of the novel as a calm and a noble person. The other person displayed a young, wild and impatient personality.

Rubashov met an army officer who hated the communists. It happened in the cell where the police detained him. He started communicating with the person in code languages, and they constantly disagreed about political issues.

The second part of the book displayed the conflict between the two generations, portraying the characters of the police, Ivanov and, Gletkin. The situation explained the manner in which the young generation became more powerful. The author described the conspiracy of the police and explained the execution of his friend. They attempted to weaken Rubashov and force him to confess. The third part focused on the confession and execution part of Rubashov.

Final Say on The Novel, Darkness At Noon.

The novel reflected the author’s thought and his thinking about the political situation of the time. The novel revealed the social utopia of the period and the associated anxieties experienced by the people of the time. I rate this novel, 8 out of 10. Would I like to re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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