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