Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1979. Limited edition. Hardcover. Signed. 4to. 238pp. Original gilt stamped full leather cover with gold lettering on spine. Gilt edges. Orange silk moiré insides with matching bound-in ribbon. Protective tissue over author's signature. Translated from German by Daphne Hardy. Illustrated with six black and blue colored full-page plates by George Roth. Very minor wear on spine. Otherwise in near fine condition. vg. Item #7193
Arthur Koestler was a former Communist. The novel is a reflection on the Stalinist purges of the old Bolshevik guard during the 1930s as told from the perspective of the fictional character N. S. Rubashov. Of particular interest is Koestler's exploration of the psychology of the ex-revolutionary to confess to crimes that one did not commit in order to offer oneself as scapegoat for the revolution.