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By Edward Saunders

Born in Budapest in 1905, Arthur Koestler was once a pivotal eu author and highbrow who encouraged, provoked and intrigued in equivalent degree. Koestler wrote enduring works of reportage and memoir yet he's most renowned for his political novel Darkness at Noon, which got common foreign acclaim. This e-book deals a clean and independent account of the lifestyles and paintings of an enigmatic, hard author who keeps to polarize opinion today.

Edward Saunders describes Koestler as a number one documentarist of a few of the most important moments in twentieth-century eu historical past, being attentive to the writer’s self-staging as a witness to them. He describes Koestler’s fight together with his Jewish id and likewise outlines the author’s later principles at the conception of technology with an open brain, illustrating how he attempted to visualize the way forward for technological know-how and humankind.

Engaging without delay with the debatable claims of sexual violence that emerged within the years after Koestler’s suicide, Saunders differentiates among the lifestyles Koestler led, the tale he desired to inform approximately it, and the disintegration of Koestler’s public popularity after his dying. The ebook will entice people who are already conversant in Koestler, in addition to readers trying to research extra a few key ecu author and thinker.

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