Day: May 2, 2012

The last hearing

There are places darker than a prison cell – Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Reading the blurb reminds me so much of George Orwell’s 1984. Keywords like revolution, torture, Party, and totalitarian are enough, but this is not a dystopian novel. It’s a political drama that focuses on Rubashov, a middle-aged revolutionary who is arrested at the dead of the night and taken to a dark prison cell. Here, he is interrogated. Well actually, it is less of that than being asked to sign a confession that the Party made up for him. Okay, that part is vague and convoluted and, let me say dark, so I will try my best to sum it up without giving too much away. Rubashov is a Party frontrunner who is accused of leading oppositional turbulence and of plotting the murder of No. 1, another frontrunner. Who this No. 1 is, I do not know his name yet. In fact, some of the characters here are named after numbers, based on their prison cell numbers. Rubashov is No. 404, but of course, he is never referred to as that. His neighbors are not …