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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

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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
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2010
Biography type
individual biography
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334438
Cataloging source
DLC
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Scammell, Michael
Dewey number
  • 828/.91209
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Koestler, Arthur
  • Zionists
  • Political activists
  • Philosophers
  • Journalists
  • Novelists, English
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the authorized biography
Label
Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic, Michael Scammell
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [579]-585) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 689 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394576305
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008051108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, genealogical table
System control number
  • ocn277040869
  • OCoLC
Label
Koestler : the literary and political odyssey of a twentieth-century skeptic, Michael Scammell
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [579]-585) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 689 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394576305
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008051108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, genealogical table
System control number
  • ocn277040869
  • OCoLC

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