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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A brand new edition of Arthur Koestler's gripping tale of arrest, imprisonment, and subsequent escape to London from Nazi-occupied France. Arthur Koestler is now an essential part of the English literary landscape both as political activist, controversialist and the author of Darkness at Noon. He stands beside George Orwell as one of the key writers of the twentieth century who embraced communism but would later turn against the "party"and denounce the tragic distortions and abuses that had betrayed the great vision.Review:
A powerful and moving story. -- Charles Osbourne, The Sunday Telegraph
By far the best book to come out of the collapse of France. -- The Guardian
Koestler’s personal history of France at war…is, I think, the finest book that has come out of that cauldron. -- The New York Herald Tribune
Some of the finest reportage of the century. -- Adam LeBor, The Literary Review
This is a book in a thousand. -- Byron Rogers, The Standard
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Book Description Hutchinson, New York, 1968. hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Danube ed. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP23654202
Book Description Hutchinson, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Like new condition. Bookseller Inventory # XX-244-00-7733007
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