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Arrival and Departure

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  259 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Paperback, 190 pages
Published 1976 (first published 1943)
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Shane
May 01, 2010 Shane rated it really liked it
The battle in this book is really between deeply held beliefs and rationalization.

Peter Slavek, a tortured ex-Communist, escapes from what I can only take to be the Nazi regime (labels are never given to either party), stows away on a ship and swims ashore to a state called Neutralia (which I took for Portugal or France, perhaps) where is taken in charge by an older woman, Sonia, a psychotherapist and friend of his family. Walking the streets of Neutralia while waiting for a visa to join the Bri
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Petra
Jun 08, 2010 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and thought provoking book on choices, moral commitment, the individual's needs vs the "greater" needs and why one may be the person one is.
Peter Slavek escapes from a regime of torture and terror, finds himself in a neutral country while he waits for a visa. His first wish is to go to England and help fight; the other option is to go to America where he'll be safe from war and all it holds.
While he waits for first one visa, then the other, he contemplates how his thoughts &
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Hadrian
Jan 22, 2012 Hadrian rated it it was ok
A bit lackluster when compared to Darkness at Noon. I like the sense of atmosphere Koestler is aiming for, but sometimes it seems hamfisted. I thought this book was a bad translation at first, but it seems it was originally written in English.

Darkness at Noon is much better. Go for that.
Kris McCracken
Jan 21, 2013 Kris McCracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third novel of a loosely-related trilogy that explores the conflict between morality and expediency and the ruptures that this conflict brings in the context of one's own nature and ideological standpoint. If you can suppress the urge to toss it aside through some extremely dubious thoughts on sexual consent and seduction, it's a great exploration of a tricky subject. B+.
Aviva Rosman
Jun 29, 2017 Aviva Rosman rated it really liked it
A fantastic book - about World War II, the Holocaust, and political torture, but also about why we do the things we do. Beautiful, simplistic, occasionally reductive, both specific and allegorical. Here was my favorite quote. "Yes, he submitted with open eyes, more 'in spite of' than 'because of.'...The first time he had set out in ignorance of his reasons; this time he knew them but understood that reasons do not matter so much. They are the shell around the core; and the core remains untouchab ...more
Jan-Maat
The style of this novel feels far less adroit than the earlier Darkness at Noon, and it is certainly far less popular, but thematically the two belong together as a literary exploration of the political choices available in the 1930s. While communism, in it's Stalinist Orthodox form, required Rubashov to accept martyrdom - for the good of the cause. In this novel the hero has escaped, after imprisonment and torture, from the far right authoritarian government in Hungary to a neutral country, a f ...more
Marianne Søiland
May 16, 2012 Marianne Søiland rated it liked it
Peter Slavek, tidligere medlem av kommunistpartiet i Ungarn, har klart å rømme fra hjemlandet sitt og kommer til "Neutralia", et nøytralt land basert på Portugal. Før han kom seg unna fikk han selv føle de skrekkelige uhyrlighetene som var i ferd med å oversvømme Europa i krigens kjølvann. Peter ble nemlig torturert nesten til døde for sitt engasjement i den sosialistiske revolusjonen, og han sliter med mareritt og psykiske problemer som ettervirkninger av dette.

I "Neutralia" treffer han på en p
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Annalisa
Aug 30, 2012 Annalisa rated it it was ok
What an odd book this was. I gather it is semi-autobiographical, about Koestler's experience as a refugee in the middle of WWII. The country he lands in as a refugee he calls "Neutralia". I found the name so distracting as I was continually looking for clues about what country it could be. Turns out it was based on portugal where Koestler did actually land. At any rate, despite it's oddness, it was an interesting portrait of a person in limbo awaiting news of his fate at the hands of the authori ...more
John
Dec 24, 2012 John rated it it was ok
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I enjoyed the start of the book even though I did not like the disguise the author seemed be so determined to keep up about so many things, like what country they were in . The entire middle of the book seems so unreal to me and the ending anticlimactic . Will try the other book by this author as it got better reviews.
Jim
Aug 16, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has forgotten
I'm not sure if I read this before or after Last of the Just but I think they're the only books I've read about the Holocaust. In this book we know the hero has survived and is physically well but the book is about the struggle he goes through on the inside.
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Arthur Koestler CBE [*Kösztler Artúr] was a prolific writer of essays, novels and autobiographies.

He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. His early career was in journalism. In 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti-Communis
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