DARKNESS AT NOON - A New Translation from Philip Boehm

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Philip Boehm will be in conversation with Christian Emden.

A brilliant new translation of Koestler's long-lost original manuscript. A chilling and unforgettable 20th century classic.

From a prison cell in an unnamed country run by a totalitarian government Rubashov reflects. Once a powerful player in the regime, mercilessly dispensing with anyone who got in the way of his party’s aims, Rubashov has had the tables turned on him. He has been arrested and he’ll be interrogated, probably tortured and certainly executed.

Darkness at Noon is as gripping as a thriller and a seminal work of twentieth-century literature. Published in Great Britain in 1940, it was feted by George Orwell, went on to be translated into thirty languages and is considered the finest work of pre-eminent European master, Arthur Koestler. And yet the novel’s worldwide reputation has, for over seventy years, been based on the first incomplete and inexpert English translation – Koestler’s original manuscript was lost when he fled the German occupation of Paris in 1940.

In 2016, a student discovered that long-lost manuscript in a Zurich archive. At last, with the publication of this new translation of the rediscovered original, Koestler’s masterpiece can be experienced afresh and in its entirety for the first time.

Philip Boehm is an American playwright, theater director, and literary translator. He is a PEN America 2018 Los Angeles Translation Award winner and the founder of the Upstream Theater in St. Louis, known for its productions of foreign plays. Fluent in English, German, and Polish, Boehm has translated over thirty novels and plays by German and Polish writers, including Herta M??ller, Franz Kafka, and Hanna Krall. For his work he has received numerous awards including fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Christian J. Emden is professor of German intellectual history and political thought at Rice University. He is chair of the Department of Classical and European Studies and one of the founding directors of Rice‘s Program in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. Educated at the University of Konstanz in Germany and at Cambridge University, England, he is the author of four books, most recently Nietzsche’s Naturalism: Philosophy and the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of History (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Currently, he is working on an political history of nihilism from the early eighteenth century to the 1960s and on another book concerned with Hannah Arendt and visions of American Empire. 

Darkness at Noon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161315
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019