Arthur Koestler


Born
in Budapest, Hungary
September 05, 1905

Died
March 01, 1983

Genre

Influences
Communism


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-Communist novel, Darkness at Noon, which propelled him to instant international fame.

Over the next forty-three years he espoused many causes, wrote novels and biographies, and numerous essays. In 1968 he was awarded the prestigious and valuable Sonning Prize "For outstanding contribution to European culture", and in 1972 he was made a "Commander of the Bri
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More books by Arthur Koestler…
“The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.”
Arthur Koestler

“Satan, on the contrary, is thin, ascetic and a fanatical devotee of logic. He reads Machiavelli, Ignatius of Loyola, Marx and Hegel; he is cold and unmerciful to mankind, out of a kind of mathematical mercifulness. He is damned always to do that which is most repugnant to him: to become a slaughterer, in order to abolish slaughtering, to sacrifice lambs so that no more lambs may be slaughtered, to whip people with knouts so that they may learn not to let themselves be whipped, to strip himself of every scruple in the name of a higher scrupulousness, and to challenge the hatred of mankind because of his love for it--an abstract and geometric love.”
Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon

“Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”
Arthur Koestler, Drinkers of Infinity: Essays 1955-1967

Polls

February 2018 New School Poll

 
  59 votes, 16.7%

The Castle by Franz Kafka, 316 pages, 1926
 
  53 votes, 15.0%

 
  45 votes, 12.7%

 
  37 votes, 10.5%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages, 1956
 
  21 votes, 5.9%

The Wreath (book one of Kristin Lavransdatter) by Sigrid Undset, 305 pages, 1920
 
  19 votes, 5.4%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  17 votes, 4.8%

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, 405 pages, 1991
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, 256 pages, 1952
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

 
  16 votes, 4.5%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, 417 pages, 1915
 
  11 votes, 3.1%

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, 530 pages, 1987
 
  10 votes, 2.8%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pages, 1940
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

 
  8 votes, 2.3%

Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller, 357 pages, 1933
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

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