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Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler is set at the time of the Soviet Union, during the 1930's- after the Russian Revolution- when communism was at it's peak. At this time Stalin, who was referred to in the story as No. 1, was the leader of the Russian government. The story takes place in a prison cell in Moscow. The main characters in the story are Rubashov, Ivanov, Gletkin and No.1. Rubashov is an ex-commissar who is arrested after being accused of planning to assassinate No.1. Ivanov is an old friend of Rubashovs and is the first examiner for Rubashov's hearings; Gletkin is the second examiner. No. 1 is the communist party leader at that time, Stalin. He is an advocate of machiavelle principles which are very unorthodox, very strict and does not compromise with opposition of any kind.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Russian commies!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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