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  • Darkness at Noon
    This is Arthur Koestler's fictional history of Stalin’s Russia, and his main purpose is to expose the tragedy of Stalin’s reign.This historical/fictional novel reflects the difficult times...

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    This novel/play is a thinly disguised criticism of communism, but on another level, it describes the tendency of all Western governments (including capitalism) to deal with abstractions and...

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    The author of Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler, actually was a communist who sympathized with the Soviet revolution and went to live and work there for years, saw firsthand the brutality of...

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    Most people don't know this about Arthur Koestler, the author of the book, but he was at one time, himself a communist. He was in the German Communist Party, and also lived in the Soviet Union for...

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    The repeated mentioning of the "Pince Nez", or eyeglasses that were popular at that time which were supported by pinching the bridge of the nose rather than hooking around the ears seems to be a...

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    Within the traditional definition of "motif" as it applies to literature, if we think of a motif as a recurring theme, fragment or event, then Rubashov's eyeglasses (known then as "Pince Nez"...

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    The "grammatical fiction" is what Rubashov experiences when his individuality defies Party bounds and appears, often when he has a toothache or is daydreaming. The grammatical fiction equates with...

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    Darkness at Noon takes place during the 1930s, when Josef Stalin ran the Soviet Union and was conducting a series of bloody purges of his party and his military. The bulk of the dialogue in the...

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    The vast majority of Darkness at Noon is spent in dialogue between Rubashov and his interrogator, who repeatedly tries to trap him into confessing his guilt. Rubashov, of course is no fool, and...

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    A totalitarian state is that which is run by one party, or more often, by one person, with little to no individual freedoms or rights. The people are often referred to in the collective (for...

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    It's Stalin because it takes place during Stalin's purges when the kulaks were destroying their farms and all the original leaders of the revolution were being killed.

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    "Over there" stands for the USSR. "Darkness at Noon" is kind of a roman a clef (a novel that portrays true-life characters or events behind assumed names). Thus, "No....

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    No. 1 is the fictional representation of USSR leader Joseph Stalin. This leader plays an important role in the novel, although he is entirely behind the scenes. He is the successor to the grand...

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    Darkness at Noon represents the philosophical and political ideal of the revolutionary ideology and social morality, cannot possibly function or work. Koestler says, —“Wherever [Rubashov’s]...

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    " ... We seem to be faced with a pendulum movement in history from absolutism to democracy, from democracy back to absolute dictatorship. "The amount of individual freedom which a people may...

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    Since Darkness at Noon deals heavily with the concepts of individuality and consciousness, you might do well to select "Consciousness Derived from Material Conditions" by Karl Marx for a...

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