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PAST EVENT: Koestler – The Indispensable Intellectual

By Index on Censorship / 26 January 2010


Tuesday 16 February 1pm

Michael Scammell discusses his acclaimed biography of Arthur Koestler –– writer, journalist and author of Darkness at Noon, one of the finest political novels of the 20th century.

Koestler was witness to some of the major events of his day: a young communist who turned against Stalin after the first show trials, an early chronicler of Zionism, a prisoner during the Spanish Civil War, a refugee from Nazi Europe. Koestler was ahead of his time: an intellectual and visionary, whose novels, non-fiction and adventurous life story are a fascinating chronicle of the last century.

Michael Scammell is the award-winning author of Solzhenitsyn, A Biography. He has translated numerous books from Russian, including Nabokov’s The Defense. He is the founder and first editor of Index on Censorship and is a vice president of International PEN. He teaches at Columbia University.

To reserve a place call: 0207 324 2570 or email [email protected]

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