The life and times of Arthur Koestler, a nov­el­ist and rapist

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1905: Born in Bu­dapest 1931: Joins the Com­mu­nist Party of Ger­many

1938: Dis­il­lu­sioned by Stal­in­ism, he leaves the Com­mu­nist Party

1938: He writes The

Gla­di­a­tors, about the re­volt of Spar­ta­cus

1940: His best-known novel Dark­ness At Noon is pub­lished

1943: His novel Ar­rival And De­par­ture is pub­lished

1956: The non-fic­tion Re­flec­tions On Hang­ing, which ar­gued against cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, is pub­lished

1968: He is awarded the Son­ning Prize for his “out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion

to Euro­pean cul­ture” 1972: He is awarded a CBE

1983: Koestler and his wife kill them­selves

1998: A bi­og­ra­phy al­leg­ing Koestler was a se­rial rapist is pub­lished

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