Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

Book - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2006]
ISBN: 9781416540267
Branch Call Number: FICTION Koe
Description: ix, 273 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hardy, Daphne


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 23, 2018

Just finished reading this and it is frighteningly appropriate for our times. It reminds me so much of the ideology of the Left and their outrageous accusations and name-calling. If they were allowed to continue to grow into a fully formed totalitarian state, it would be a similar illogical, inhumane government that was described in the book. Really scary.

Nov 14, 2013

Hungarian-born Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon" is perhaps the definitive novel of the totalitarian mind and state (with apologies to "1984"). Set during Stalin's purges, it tells of a party member (perhaps based on Trotsky) who is arrested, imprisoned and interrogated. Much of the novel consists of long dialogues, reminiscent of "The Grand Inquisitor" section of Brothers K., and internal monologues. One of Modern Library's top ten novels of the century.

Mar 11, 2012

very interesting story about the darkness ot the Stalinist period.

Very scary times

Nov 07, 2011

The ending makes sick logical sense, but goes against every moral grain in your body. A well-written book deserving of its #8 spot on the Modern Library's Top 100 Novels.

Mar 12, 2011

Excellent book about totalitarianism. Although it is old, it is still relevant today.

If you don't have experience with an all-controlling government, this presents a good idea of the suffering imposed upon people.

Jan 18, 2011

Fanatastic book. A must read.

Jan 08, 2010

a heavy read, deep thought from the main character, narrator about what conditions are needed to have a democracy.
read this book 20 years ago and it really stuck deep into my mind


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


Find it at CRRL

To Top