This was the first book that Arthur Koestler wrote in English. It starts at the beginning of World War II when he was living in the South of France, working on "Darkness at Noon". After retreating to Paris, he was imprisoned as an undesirable alien. Even though he had been a crusader against fascism, he and many other anti-Nazis, were treated as enemies and their internment was brutal. The worst of his imprisonment was at Vernet, where prisoners had to sleep without blankets in 20 degrees of frost, and where he finally collapsed during a session of forced labour. Some of his fellow internees were eventually handed over to Nazi executioners. Koestler ponders on the collapse of pride and honour in France and he asks "Was the tragedy of France merely accidental, due to an unfortunate constellation? Or was it due to the still undiscovered, secret laws of the rise and decline of races and nations?"
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR006544819
Book Description Hutchinson (Uniform Danube Edition), London, 1968. hardbound. b&w frontispiece plate (illustrator). A volume in the Uniform Danube Edition of the works of Arthur Koestler; Koestler's memoir describing his experiences in France in the years before WWII, his internment in a concentration camp, and his eventual escape to England; b&w frontispiece plate showing his Certificate of demobilisation (showing the name Albert Dubert, the name under which Koestler served in the Foreign Legion); black cloth boards with silver titling to spine, and silver spiral motif to front board; light foxing to endpapers and prelims, medium foxing to text block, o.w. Very Good throughout; dustwrapper lightly edgeworn, price clipped, o.w. Very Good. Dustwrapper. 287pp. 8vo. Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 20104
Book Description Hutchinson of London, London, 1968. Danube Edition. 8vo., 287pp.; VG; spine black with silver lettering; text block clean; minor bumping; INSCRIBED by Koestler on recto of frontispiece; GP consignment; shelved lit-crit. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-17-1265267
Book Description Hutchinson, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020090872800