Darkness At Noon
By Arthur Koestler
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Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler ranked # 8 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
Darkness at Noon is the most famous novel by Arthur Koestler. Published in 1940, it tells the tale of Rubashov, a Bolshevik old guard revolutionary who is first cast out, and then imprisoned and tried for treason by the Soviet government he once helped create.
The novel is set in 1938 during the Stalinist purges and Moscow show trials.
Darkness at Noon sold over 400,000 copies in France, causing great annoyance to those French communists who were still loyal to the Soviet revolution.
The book reflects the author's personal disillusionment with Communism and Stalin's destruction of the revolution; Koestler knew some of the defendants at the Moscow trials. Stalin is described in the book as "Number One", a barely-seen and menacing totalitarian leader.
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