Darkness at Noon is set in an unnamed country ruled by a totalitarian government.
Rubashov, once a powerful player in the regime, finds the tables turned on him when he is arrested and tried for treason.
His reflections on his previous life and his experiences in prison form the heart of this moving and though-provoking masterpiece.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099424918
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Review by xuebi
Darkness at Noon is Arthur Koestler's most famous work and his most powerful.<br/><br/>The story of Rubashov, a revolutionary and once key figure in the unnamed country's government, who is now imprisoned and on trial for treason is a powerful anti-totalitarian novel. The narrator's reflections on his past life are the heart of the novel's drama and the circumstances of his false imprisonment and trial mirror those of the Stalinist purges in 1938.