What are some motifs in Darkness at Noon?
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 motif. I also wondered, as I was reading it, if Koestler was imagining what an interrogation of Leon Trotsky, the exiled intellectual of the Soviet revolution, would have been like. He was famous for his spectacled look.
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