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The Invisible Writing by Arthur Koestler
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At the end of the book Koestler claims that his life was not extraordinary- that any European intellectual of his era would be able to recount about the same experiences. Let's see- started out his journalistic career penniless in Palistine, sleeping on a dentist's couch that he rented for the nights and vacated during business hours, to successful editor in Germany until he was outed as a communist under Hitler, spent time traveling around communist Russia, enprisioned by Franco, and again by Vichy France, and again by Britian after fleeing France, allowed into America only under congressional order. Yup, standard issue life there.

His book is only so-so as introspection, though after reading several of his books I would call him as solid INTP and with that in mind his introspections can be somewhat meaningful. But the history is irreplaceable, and his first hand account of interactions with one political disaster after another is a warning every future generation should read.
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