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A Week in Literary History

September 5th, 2002

Hungarian-born novelist Arthur Koestler (Darkness at Noon, 1940) is born in Budapest in 1905.

Arthur Koestler, b. September 5, 1905, d. 1983

koestlerwithdog.pngKoestler’s 1940 novel Darkness at Noon made him internationally famous and began the slow process of disabusing American, British, and European intellectuals of their admiration for Stalin’s disgusting Soviet regime. His other books of fiction are forgettable, but he went on to publish many volumes of autobiography and non-fiction espousing a variety of causes, all of them provocative and some of them groundbreaking.

Suggested Reading Novel Darkness at Noon, 1940. Autobiography Spanish Testament, 1937. Scum of the Earth, 1941. Dialogue with Death, 1942. Arrow in the Blue, 1952. The Invisible Writing, 1954. Non-fiction The Yogi and the Commissar and other essays, 1945. The Challenge of Our Time, 1949. Promise and Fulfillment: Palestine 1917-1949, 1949. Insight and Outlook, 1949. The Trail of the Dinosaur and other essays, 1955. Reflections on Hanging, 1956. Suicide of a Nation, 1963. The Ghost in the Machine, 1967. The Heel of Achilles, 1974.

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