Darkness at Noon Questions and Answers
by Arthur Koestler

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How does Koestler’s story depict the radical results of an authority figure with limitless power and totally ignorance of his people?

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Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon was written to reflect his own combined horror at Nazism and disillusionment with communism as it had evolved in Russia under Stalin. 

The figure of Commissar Nicholas Rubashov makes for a compelling protagonist as he is not at all a rebel, but himself an authoritarian figure. He has acted in the past out of a combination of desire for ideological purity and the goal common to all authoritarian systems: making authority and suppression of dissent, and even suppression of any independent thinking or questioning, a goal in itself.

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