Introduction Arthur Koestler 's Darkness at NoonFrance is one of the twentieth century's most famous "political novels," or fictional accounts of a historical reality. Written by a former member of the Communist Partyit is a unique glimpse into the volatile political situation under the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics USSR in the late s. Its main character Rubashov combines characteristics of key Soviet politicians and intellectual leaders from the Bolshevik Revolution, and the story of his imprisonment and confession explains and develops the topical political themes of totalitarianism, socialism, communism, and individualism.
We diagnosed the disease and its causes with microscopic exactness, but wherever we applied the healing knife a new sore appeared.
Our will was hard and pure, we should have been loved by the people. But they hate us. Why are we so odious and detested? We brought you truth, and in our mouth it sounded a lie.
We brought you freedom, and it looks in our hands like a whip. We brought you the living life, and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rustling of dry leaves. We brought you the promise of the future, but our tongue stammered and barked Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov is arrested.
Soviet Prison Doors Similar to the one that Rubashov found himself behind. But this must happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand, to be produced immediately. The young revolutionary Joseph Stalin. Rubashov has been in trouble with the party before, but had always managed to do what was necessary to survive.
The new generation of revolutionaries are not as well educated, meaner, and barely recognize the names of those that were once heralded as heroes by the revolution.
As Rubashov sits in prison he is left to ponder what has went wrong. For the energies of this generation are exhausted; they were spent in the Revolution; for this generation is bled white and there is nothing left of it but a moaning, numbed apathetic lump of sacrificial flesh Those are the consequences of our consequentialness.
You called it vivisection morality. To me it sometimes seems as though the experimenters had torn the skin off the victim and left it standing with bared tissues, muscles and nerves Rubashov does not have a safety net of friends, most have perished, some were betrayed by his silence when he was in a position to save them.
They are less than impressed to find out who he is; in fact, the only use he has to is to share his last sexual encounter He has more thinking to do. More explaining to do to himself.
He has two interrogators. One is trying to save him and one is trying to kill him. In his diary Rubashov is still justifying his past decisions.
He still believes in the movement, but is disenchanted with the people. In periods of mental immaturity, only demagogues invoke the higher judgment of the people.
In such situations the opposition has two alternatives: Lots of people die and more will continue to die and when you ask the peasants if their lives are better than they were four years ago or forty years ago or two hundred and forty years ago the answer is the same The revolutionaries turn out to be as brutal as the Czarist government they overthrew and since we know that Stalin is only warming up by the publication date of this book we know it will get much, much worse.
Stalin had nearly a million of his own citizens executed, beginning in the s. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin's henchmen.
His mind has been degraded from lack of sleep and he has decided the easiest way to go is to admit guilt on certain points. Now he was to find that powerlessness had as many grads as power; that defeat could become as vertiginous as victory, and that its depths were bottomless.
I do though identify with him enough to feel uncomfortable. They overthrow a government, but are generally so paranoid that they resort to the same or worse tactics as the original government to keep control.Darkness at Noon: A Novel by Arthur Koestler Originally published in , Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious /5(30).
Darkness at Noon is the second novel of a trilogy which revolves around the central theme of revolutionary ethics, and of political ethics in general: the problem whether, or to what extent, a noble end justifies ignoble means, and the related conflict between morality and expediency.
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