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What was Koestler's opinion of Hardy's translation of Darkness at Noon?

Koestler wrote Darkness at Noon while he was living in France with Hardy, who was his lover. Koestler was fluent in English, which he taught himself as a young man and indeed in later life he stopped ...
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In which language was The Gladiators first written?

It was written in German. In a postscript to the 1969 Danube edition of The Gladiators, Koestler mentions that The Gladiators was among the last of his writings in German, just before his switch to ...
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Did Koestler coin "mimophant"?

Koestler certainly did describe Bobby Fisher as a "mimophant". In a column published in the Sunday Times on the 3rd of September 1972, he wrote: ... Bobby is a mimophant. A mimophant is a ...
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Did Koestler coin "mimophant"?

In his 1963 introduction to Suicide of a Nation?, Koestler says that he coined the word and I think we have no reason to doubt him. Note that on its first appearance the word was misprinted! A ...
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What was Koestler's opinion of Hardy's translation of Darkness at Noon?

I address some of these questions in 'Back-translation as Self-translation: The Strange Case of Darkness at Noon' (Translation and Literature, 2020). Here is the abstract: This article is a response ...
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In what sense do The Gladiators, Darkness at Noon, and Arrival and Departure form a trilogy?

The three novels are obviously not connected at the level of the plot or the story. Instead, the novels are linked by a common theme, which has been summarised as "the nature and ethics of ...
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In what sense do The Gladiators, Darkness at Noon, and Arrival and Departure form a trilogy?

Koestler himself spoke of these three novels as a trilogy. In his autobiography The Invisible Writing, he says: The Gladiators is the first novel in a trilogy concerned with the ethics of revolution, ...
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Why did the book held by Rubashov change title between different versions of "Darkness at Noon"?

A change indicates that Koestler wanted to change the symbolism of the title. Faust is, of course, a tale of a deal with the Devil, the loss of soul, and all the troubles entailed. This points toward ...
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