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Arthur Koestler

Hungarian-British author and journalist

1905   -   1983

movement: journalism
genre: history, autobiography, psychology
country of citizenship: Austria-Hungary, United Kingdom
language of expression: German, English, French
educated at: TU Wien
occupation: writer, philosopher, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, autobiographer
award received: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Sonning Prize

Arthur Koestler, (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈkœstlɐ]; Hungarian: Kösztler Artúr; 5 September 1905 – 1 March 1983) was a Hungarian British Jewish author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931, Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany, but he resigned in 1938 because Stalinism disillusioned him. In 1940, he published his novel Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work that gained him international fame. Over the next 43 years, from his residence in Britain, Koestler espoused many political causes and wrote novels, memoirs, biographies, and numerous essays. In 1949, Koestler began secretly working with a British Cold War propaganda department known as the Information Research Department (IRD), which would republish and distribute many of his works, and also fund his activities. In 1968, he was awarded the Sonning Prize "for [his] outstanding contribution to European culture". In 1972 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1976, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and in 1979 with terminal leukaemia. In 1983, he and his wife Cynthia committed suicide together at their home in London.
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Darkness at Noon

book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1940

The Ghost in the Machine

1967 book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1967

The Roots of Coincidence

book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1972

The Act of Creation

1964 book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1964

Arrival and Departure

book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1943

The Yogi and the Commissar

book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1942

Scum of the Earth

memoir by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1941

Espartaco

author: Arthur Koestler

The Thirteenth Tribe

1976 book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

Arrow in the Blue

book by Arthur Koestler

author: Arthur Koestler

1969

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