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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Koestler Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fictional portrayal of an aging revolutionary, this novel is a powerful commentary on the nightmare politics of the troubled 20th century. Born in Hungary in 1905, a defector from the Communist Party in 1938, and then arrested in both Spain and France for his political views, Arthur Koestler writes from a wealth of personal experience. Imprisoned by the political party to which he has dedicated his life, Nicolas Rubashov paces his prison cell, examining his life and remembering his tempestuous career. As the old intelligentsia is eradicated to make way for the new, he is psychologically tortured and forced to confess to preposterous crimes. Comparing himself to Moses, led to the Promised Land but refused entry, he sees only darkness at the end of his life where once he saw such promise for humanity. Frank Muller's narrative expertise is perfect for this haunting work. Rubashov's personal agony becomes Muller's as he presents Koestler's relevant and important questions to a world entering a new millennium.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob | 2/15/2014

    " I found this story fascinating from the perspective of what I would do if I was in a similar situation. There was a great blend of present events with backstory that lead to those events. Finally, the ending was one of the best in its conveyance of a unique situation and conclusion to a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tombom P | 2/15/2014

    " The ending is kind of explicit about the moralising, but it still avoids easy answers and asks questions related to the actual Soviet experience that's far more realistic and interesting than 1984's "they just want power for the sake of it. bad people" thing. The conversations between Ivanov and Rubashov are pretty fascinating as elucidations of common guiding principles - both in the Soviet movement and outside of it - the problems with them re ideas of humanity and the problems with those ideas. The book also talks about the problems of collaboration and resistance. Not a perfect book but a step up from a lot of "dystopian" novels by focusing on real circumstances and reasons why people do things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Aitkenhead | 2/4/2014

    " This made a huge impact on me when I read it 20 years ago. I don't know how it would like it now, it has been interesting to read other people's reactions on this site. My memory of it makes it one of my favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff | 1/27/2014

    " Bleak depiction of totalitarianism and the total control of individuals. Gripping. "

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About the Author
Author Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler (1905–1983) was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany until, disillusioned by Stalinism, he resigned in 1938. A few years later, he published his novel Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work, which gained him international fame. Over the next forty-three years from his residence in Great Britain, Koestler espoused many political causes and wrote novels, memoirs, biographies, and essays. He was awarded the Sonning Prize for outstanding contribution to European culture and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.