'Perhaps the most remarkable autobiography since the confessions of Rousseau' V. S. Pritchett, New Statesman
Arthur Koestler was born in Budapest in 1905. He attended the university of Vienna before working as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Berlin and Paris. For six years he was an active member of the Communist Party, and was captured by Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Arthur Koestler spent several months in a death cell during the Spanish Civil War, was sent in 1939 to a French concentration camp, then joined the Foreign Legion and escaped to England in 1940. He died in 1983 by suicide, having frequently expressed a belief in the right to euthanasia.
A brilliant and deeply moving record of a whole generation as well
as of an individual * Observer *
The cumulative effect is overwhelming * New Republic *
He is a journalist of ideas on a very high level - the kind we lack and need in this country - who functions midway between the realms of art and of society, but whose function is indispensable, if thought is to be part of culture * Saturday Review *
Perhaps the most remarkable autobiography since the confessions of Rousseau -- V. S. Pritchett * New Statesman *