Arthur Koestler: Communism’s Cassandra

Bas-relief depicting Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin on a dam of the Kirov Reservoir in Kyrgyzstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)
An excerpt from Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime

Editor’s Note: This week we celebrate the publication of a new book from NR senior editor David Pryce-Jones: Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime is a collection of vignettes of famous authors who over the decades gave him personally inscribed books. In the following excerpt, David reflects on Arthur Koestler, the author of Darkness at Noon, who signed a copy of his 1971 book, The God that Failed, for David. Signatures is available for purchase at Encounter Books.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A few years ago, I was in Budapest walking down a slightly dingy street when I caught sight of a tablet at


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