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The Resource Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic, Michael Scammell

Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic, Michael Scammell

Label
Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic
Title
Koestler
Title remainder
the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic
Statement of responsibility
Michael Scammell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The first authorized biography of one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals of the twentieth century, based on new research and full access to its subject's papers. Best known as the creator of the classic anti-Communist novel Darkness at Noon, Koestler is here revealed as a man whose personal life was as astonishing as his literary accomplishments. The young Hungarian Jew whose experience of anti-Semitism and devotion to Zionism provoked him to move to Palestine; the foreign correspondent who risked his life from the North Pole to Franco's Spain; the committed Communist for whom the brutal truth of Stalin's show trials inspired the angry novel that became an instant classic in 1940; the escape from occupied France by joining the Foreign Legion and his bluffing his way illegally to England, where his controversial 1943 novel Arrival and Departure was the first to portray Hitler's Final Solution. Scammell also gives a full account of the author's voluminous writings, making the case that the autobiographies and essays are fit to stand beside Darkness at Noon as works of lasting literary value.--From publisher description
Summary
Presents a portrait of the influential activist and author of "Darkness at Noon" that covers his Jewish upbringing in Budapest and Vienna, his perspectives on Islamic nationalism, and his alleged spy activities
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2010
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
334438
Cataloging source
DLC
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Scammell, Michael
Dewey number
  • 828/.91209
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6021.O4
LC item number
Z84 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Koestler, Arthur
  • Novelists, English
  • Zionists
  • Political activists
  • Philosophers
  • Journalists
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the authorized biography
Label
Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic, Michael Scammell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [579]-585) and index
Control code
ocn277040869
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 689 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780394576305
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008051108
Other physical details
ill., ports., geneal. table
System control number
(OCoLC)277040869
Label
Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic, Michael Scammell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [579]-585) and index
Control code
ocn277040869
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 689 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780394576305
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008051108
Other physical details
ill., ports., geneal. table
System control number
(OCoLC)277040869

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