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Darkness at Noon. Arthur Koestler. Background. Who was Koestler? Context: I. Russian Revolution of 1917 Succession to Lenin? -- NEP -- First Five Year Plan -- Politics of succession: Trotsky/ Bukharin/Zinoviev --Moscow Trials: civilization? The “line”; intention. Succession. Trotsky.

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Darkness at noon

Darkness at Noon

Arthur Koestler


Background
Background

  • Who was Koestler?

  • Context: I. Russian Revolution of 1917

    • Succession to Lenin?

      -- NEP

      -- First Five Year Plan

      -- Politics of succession: Trotsky/ Bukharin/Zinoviev

      --Moscow Trials: civilization? The “line”; intention


Succession
Succession

Trotsky

Bukharin

Zinoviev

Stalin


Dramatis personae
Dramatis personae

  • Rubashov– looks like Zinoviev and talks like Bukharin

  • Ivanov- old friend; first interrogator

  • Little Loewy and Richard – agents R betrayed

  • Arlova – secretary-mistress; also betrayed

  • Gletkin – new apparatchik; second interrogator

  • Number One – Stalin

  • Old Man - Lenin


  • Metaphoric Context of the Book

  • Context for Koestler

    • Forced collectivization

      -- guilt and intention

      --historical necessity (?)

      -- the Party

      Evaluation


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