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Scum of the Earth Paperback – 24 Oct 1991

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (24 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907871070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907871071
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,291,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A powerful and moving story. -- Charles Osbourne, The Sunday Telegraph

By far the best book to come out of the collapse of France. -- The Guardian

Koestler’s personal history of France at war…is, I think, the finest book that has come out of that cauldron. -- The New York Herald Tribune

Some of the finest reportage of the century. -- Adam LeBor, The Literary Review

This is a book in a thousand. -- Byron Rogers, The Standard

About the Author

Arthur Koestler was born in Budapest in 1905, son of Henrik Koestler, industrialist and inventor. He was educated at the University of Vienna where he became involved in the Zionist movement, travelling to Palestine in 1926 where he worked as a farm labourer and as Jerusalem correspondent for a number of German newspapers.
Koestler was a member of the German Communist party until 1938, but left during Stalin’s purges. He fought on the side of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, was captured by Franco’s forces and sentenced to death, a sentence averted by the intervention of the British Foreign Office. He was interned in France at the start of the Second World War, but escaped to England where he worked for the BBC, becoming a British citizen in 1945.
Koestler had several books published in the thirties but made his international breakthrough with Darkness at Noon (1940) a novel set during Stalin’s reign of terror. He went on to produce many other works of fiction, autobiography, on Communism, science, philosophy, the drug culture and Eastern spiritualism. Arthur Koestler died in 1983, taking his own life in the face of terminal illness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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