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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
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Metaphoric Context of the Book
  • Context for Koestler
    • Forced collectivization

-- guilt and intention

--historical necessity (?)

-- the Party

Evaluation

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