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Imonio excepcional de la angustia ue sufrieron cientos de antiguos miembros del Partido ue desaparecieron fueron encarcelados y juzgados o llegaron a autoinmolarse para salvarl. Definitely one of the greatest novels of the 20th century I am embarrassed frankly that I'm 37 and reading this only now This is a work I should have read in high school then in college then again almost every year since Standing guard silently behind greats like Orwell and Hitchens is Arthur Koestler Rubashov is one of the best realized characters and Darkness at Noon is a near perfect novel Dostoevsky would have killed Koestler with an axe and Tolstoy would have pushed his ass in front of a train just to have stolen this one piece

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SonnenfinsternisRUSBASHOV miembro de la vieja guardia bolcheviue y héroe de la Revolución Soviética ha sido encarcelado acusado de traición al gobiernode Moscú Es incitado a autoinculpars. ”This is a diseased centuryWe diagnosed the disease and its causes with microscopic exactness but wherever we applied the healing knife a new sore appeared Our will was hard and pure we should have been loved by the people But they hate us Why are we so odious and detestedWe brought you truth and in our mouth it sounded a lie We brought you freedom and it looks in our hands like a whip We brought you the living life and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rustling of dry leaves We brought you the promise of the future but our tongue stammered and barkedNicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov is arrested Soviet Prison Doors Similar to the one that Rubashov found himself behind “Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts But this must happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or if it should be noticed excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately” Machiavelli The Old Bolsheviks that brought communism to power in Russia are being eliminated one by one by their once friend and colleague referred to in the book as No 1 but of course he is none other than Joseph Stalin The young revolutionary Joseph StalinRubashov has been in trouble with the party before but had always managed to do what was necessary to survive The new generation of revolutionaries are not as well educated meaner and barely recognize the names of those that were once heralded as heroes by the revolution As Rubashov sits in prison he is left to ponder what has went wrong ”We whip the groaning masses of the country towards a theoretical future happiness which only we can see For the energies of this generation are exhausted; they were spent in the Revolution; for this generation is bled white and there is nothing left of it but a moaning numbed apathetic lump of sacrificial fleshThose are the conseuences of our conseuentialness You called it vivisection morality To me it sometimes seems as though the experimenters had torn the skin off the victim and left it standing with bared tissues muscles and nervesRubashov does not have a safety net of friends most have perished some were betrayed by his silence when he was in a position to save them He is left with his mind and his words to try to once again escape ”PHYSICAL LIUIDATION” His fellow inmates communicate with him through a tapping code They are less than impressed to find out who he is; in fact the only use he has to #402 is to share his last sexual encounterin detail please ”WHEN DID YOU LAST SLEEP WITH A WOMAN”“THREE WEEKS AGO”“TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT”“SNOWY BREASTS FITTING INTO CHAMPAGNE GLASSES”“GO ON DETAILS”“THIGHS LIKE A WILD MARE”“GOOD CHAP GO ON”“THAT’S ALL”“GO ON PLEASE PLEASE”Rubashov becomes too embarrassed to go on He has thinking to do More explaining to do to himself He has two interrogators One is Ivanov an old friend and comrade from the revolution and the other is Gletkin a man of the new generation whose stiff uniform “creaks and groans” every time he moves One is trying to save him and one is trying to kill him In his diary Rubashov is still justifying his past decisions He still believes in the movement but is disenchanted with the people ”In periods of maturity it is the duty and the function of the opposition to appeal to the masses In periods of mental immaturity only demagogues invoke the higher judgment of the people In such situations the opposition has two alternatives to seize the power by a coup d’etat without being able to count on the support of the masses; or in mute despair to throw themselves out of the swing to die in silence”He is an intellectual intellectualizing what is looking like a failed improvement in government Lots of people die and will continue to die and when you ask the peasants if their lives are better than they were four years ago or forty years ago or two hundred and forty years ago the answer is the sameno The revolutionaries turn out to be as brutal as the Czarist government they overthrew and since we know that Stalin is only warming up by the publication date 1940 of this book we know it will get much much worse Stalin had nearly a million of his own citizens executed beginning in the 1930s Millions fell victim to forced labor deportation famine massacres and detention and interrogation by Stalin's henchmenIn some cases a uota was established for the number to be executed the number to be arrested said Naimark Some officials overfulfilled as a way of showing their exuberance Joseph StalinThings do not go well for Rubashov His mind has been degraded from lack of sleep and he has decided the easiest way to go is to admit guilt on certain points ”He had believed that he had drunk the cup of humiliation to the dregs Now he was to find that powerlessness had as many grads as power; that defeat could become as vertiginous as victory and that its depths were bottomless”I do not really like Rubashov I do though identify with him enough to feel uncomfortable I find that most revolutionaryideological people are frankly irresponsible They overthrow a government but are generally so paranoid that they resort to the same or worse tactics as the original government to keep control They justify their actions by saying such things are necessary for “the cause” We were lucky in our revolution in the United States because it was about expelling a foreign power from our shores than it was about overthrowing a government Our Revolutionary Heroes after the war were willing to share a certain amount of power with the people Freedom was important to them than power Although the revolution was about greed how dare thee tax me than about being oppressed This country by the wisdom of our forefatherswas built on a foundation of freedom and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of those principles Russia is a country that continues to wrestle with their identity They need strong leadership confident enough to allow their society to be ruled by freedom rather than by fear I do hope they find a way to throw off the shackles of their history and become the amazing country I know they are capable of being Bucket list grand tour of Russia Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler Hungarian by birth certainly was a man with a controversial past He joined the Foreign Legion during World War Two and deserted He attempted suicide when he thought that his manuscript of this book along with his girlfriend Daphne Hardy had been sunk by the Germans It turned out not to be true It is unclear which he was upset about losing He became a British citizen and later in life he successfully committed suicide when he found out he was terminally ill with cancer He convinced his much younger wife to commit suicide as well Their mutual friends felt that he must have bullied her into it He was also accused of being a serial rapist although some of this was “explained away” by the fact that he was a “rough lover” Despite his failings as a human being he did write an important book that will be read and uoted long past the time when anyone will really remember there ever was a USSRIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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CHARACTERS ¹ Sonnenfinsternis æ [Read] ➲ Sonnenfinsternis By Arthur Koestler – RUSBASHOV miembro de la vieja guardia bolcheviue y héroe de la Revolución Soviética ha sido encarcelado acusado de traición al gobiernode Moscú Es incitado a autoinculparse de una serie de delito RUSBASHOV miembro de la vieja guardia bolE de una serie de delitos y traiciones ue no ha cometido pero termina por confesar a fin de salvar la Revolución Esta obra cumbre de la literatura política nos ofrece un test. A 20th century classic that succeeds on two levels As a searing indictment of totalitarian political systems and as an absorbing human drama My initial feeling of revulsion toward the protagonist Rubashov a former high ranking government functionary now imprisoned and charged with crimes against the state ultimately gave way to a grudging sense of compassion At the story's climax I somehow resisted the urge to set down the book walk down the hallway and start drumming my hands on my bedroom door An inside reference for those who have read this book Recommended to fans of George Orwell's 1984 George really liked Darkness at Noon; there's a good chance you'll like it too In closing How come there's never been a major theatrical film adaptation of this book It would make a fine period piece and I'd love to see it on the big screen Until thenfive stars