Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind

Arthur Koestler The Homeless Mind A cultural and intellectual icon of the twentieth century Arthur Koestler commanded the world s attention when he laid bare the horrors of Soviet style totalitarianism in the acclaimed novel Darknes

  • Title: Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind
  • Author: David Cesarani
  • ISBN: 9780684867205
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A cultural and intellectual icon of the twentieth century, Arthur Koestler commanded the world s attention when he laid bare the horrors of Soviet style totalitarianism in the acclaimed novel, Darkness at Noon Now historian David Cesarani makes use of unprecedented and unrestricted access to Koestler s private papers as well as KGB and FBI documents newly available sinA cultural and intellectual icon of the twentieth century, Arthur Koestler commanded the world s attention when he laid bare the horrors of Soviet style totalitarianism in the acclaimed novel, Darkness at Noon Now historian David Cesarani makes use of unprecedented and unrestricted access to Koestler s private papers as well as KGB and FBI documents newly available since the collapse of the Soviet Union to present along awaited reevaluation of both the public and private man.Once a communist, Koestler led the intellectual counterattack that, according to Cesarani, culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall In addition, his writings on science introduced millions to revolutionary theories of evolution and the workings of the mind But behind his brilliance there was a rud dark side one that is carefully substantiated by Cesarani, who presents proof of beatings and rapes, as well as a complete account of Koestler s tragic dual suicide with his third wife in 1983.With research hailed as impressively thorough, The Times London , Cesarani documents a disquieting chapter of history and the success of a determined pressure group in British politics Sunday Telegraph Arthur Koestler The Homeless Mind is the most complete and most controversial biography of this intellectual titan of the twentieth century.

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    1. I don't think I've ever encountered an author's life more devastating to his legacy than is Arthur Koestler's. This book, which is no hatchet job, shows Koestler at his worst as a hypocrite, a drunk, a rapist, and an arrogant, domineering and doctrinaire ass.I really love Koestler's books, though more for their artistic and psychological heaviness than for the truths they may present. For instance, Darkness at Noon is a classic, but I've never really bought the reasons the Koestler presented for [...]

    2. Despite its limitations, which were astounding, the purview made availible is astonishingly human. It is worth it for the anecdote about Koestler and Langston Hughes in the USSR.I read this with my friends and we uproariously dismembered it, a blunted blood lust. Strangely, I never progressed to read any of K's books, only his contribution to The God That Failed

    3. A very thorough biography. Not always comfortable to read because of Koestler's obvious character flaws - but very illuminating regarding his views on Palestine, the Soviet Union and the postwar period in general. Does not shy away from difficult truths without ever being judgemental.

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