Jun 3, 2015

French Books: Le Zéro et l'infini

Original Title: Darkness at Noon
Author: Arthur Koestler
French translation: Le Zéro et l'Infini, par Jérome Jenatton,
Publisher in France: Calmann-Lévy, 1945
My ref: ATA-320

Foreword by Author:
"Les personnages de ce livre sont imaginaires. Les circonstances historiques ayant déterminé leurs actes sont authentiques. La vie de N-S Roubachof est la synhtèse des vies de plusieurs hommes qui furent les victimes des soi-disant procès de Moscou. Plusieurs d'entre eux étaient personnellement connus de l'auteur. Ce livre est dédié à leur mémoire." (Paris, Octobre 1938 - Avril 1940)

About the Book:
Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s.

During Stalin's purges, Nicholas Rubashov, an aging revolutionary, is imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the party he has devoted his life to. Under mounting pressure to confess to crimes he did not commit, Rubashov relives a career that embodies the ironies and betrayals of a revolutionary dictatorship that believes it is an instrument of liberation.

A seminal work of twentieth-century literature, Darkness At Noon is a penetrating exploration of the moral danger inherent in a system that is willing to enforce its beliefs by any means necessary.

Reviews in English of this books are available under this link: (http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-at-Noon-Arthur-Koestler/dp/1416540261)

About the Author:
Born in Budapest in 1905, educated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. A communist during the 1930s, and visitor for a time in the Soviet Union, he became disillusioned with the Party and left it in 1938. Later that year in Spain, he was captured by the Fascist forces under Franco, and sentenced to death. Released through the last-minute intervention of the British government, he went to France where, the following year, he again was arrested for his political views. Released in 1940, he went to England, where he made his home. His novels, reportage, autobiographical works, and political and cultural writings established him as an important commentator on the dilemmas of the 20th century. He died in 1983.

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