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Darkness at Noon

Koestler, Arthur

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ISBN 10: 0025652001 / ISBN 13: 9780025652002
Published by Scribner, 1941
Condition: Collectible: Good Hardcover
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Hardcover; no dust jacket. First American Edition. 1st printing (no later printings indicated).Spine and cover lettering clear and bright. Date written on the ffep, and there are the remains of a bookplate on the front paste down; no other markings. Slight wear at the op and bottom of the spine. Ships in a box. Fast shipping from NYC!. Bookseller Inventory # 031520155

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Title: Darkness at Noon

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1941

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Good

Edition: First American Edition.

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"Darkness at Noon 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 had helped to create. The novel is set in 1938 during the Stalinist Great Purge and Moscow show trials. Despite being based on real events, the novel does not name either Russia or the USSR, 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 Soviet Union's version of Communism 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." (Ground Zero Books)

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