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Arthur Koestler : the homeless mind

Author: David Cesarani
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Free Press edView all editions and formats
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"A central European Jew born in 1905, Koestler was molded by his times. Uprooted by war and revolution and hounded by prejudice, he struggled to make sense of a world on the edge of apocalypse. His search for meaning, identity and belonging swept him up in the raging ideological torrents of his times - Zionism, Communism, anti-Communism and both hard scientific and esoteric mystical pursuits - and culminated in an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
biographie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cesarani, David.
Arthur Koestler.
New York : Free Press, 1999
(OCoLC)681653638
Named Person: Arthur Koestler; Arthur Koestler; Arthur Koestler; Arthur Koestler; Arthur Koestler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Cesarani
ISBN: 0684867206 9780684867205
OCLC Number: 40901027
Notes: Originally published: London : William Heinemann, 1998.
Description: x, 646 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 'A good Jewish child', 1905-22 --
Zionism and Palestine, 1922-9 --
Towards the 'New Promised Land', 1929-33 --
Retreat from Communism, 1933-8 --
War, 1938-42 --
Holocaust, 1942-4 --
Palestine, France and Science, 1945-7 --
France, America and Israel, 1947-9 --
Cold Warrior, 1949-52 --
'My harem is beginning to wear me out', 1952-5 --
Hanging and Science, 1955-60 --
The Alpbach Years, 1960-7 --
'Reculer pour mieux sauter', 1967-76 --
Illness and Exit, 1976-83 --
Conclusion: The Homeless Mind --
Works by Arthur Koestler.
Responsibility: David Cesarani.

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In a major reassessment of one of this century's leading writers and intellectuals, Arthur Koestler's shocking private life and powerful writing are set in the context of the tumultuous century he  Read more...

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