Dialogue with Death: The Journal of a Prisoner of the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War

Author(s): Arthur Koestler


In 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, Arthur Koestler, a German exile writing for a British newspaper, was arrested by Nationalist forces in Malaga. He was then sentenced to execution and spent every day awaiting death only to be released three months later under pressure from the British government. Out of this experience, Koestler wrote "Darkness at Noon," his most acclaimed work in the United States, about a man arrested and executed in a Communist prison. "Dialogue with Death" is Koestler s riveting account of the fall of Malaga to rebel forces, his surreal arrest, and his three months facing death from a prison cell. Despite the harrowing circumstances, Koestler manages to convey the stress of uncertainty, fear, and deprivation of human contact with the keen eye of a reporter."


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"Koestler's harrowing memoir of his three months behind bars with the constant threat of execution inspired his iconic "Darkness at Noon." "Dialogue with Death" is the more lasting book for its lucid, exact, and unrelenting depiction of an imprisoned man on the verge of death."--Lucas Wittmann "Newsweek "

Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) was a prolific and controversial Hungarian-born writer whose most famous work in the U.S. is "Darkness at Noon." Koestler was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and a Companion of Literature in the early 1970s.

General Fields

  • : 9780226449616
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : March 2011
  • : 215mm X 144mm X 16mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 214
  • : 946.0811
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : Arthur Koestler