Name: _________________________________ Period: ________Score: ____/10FromDarkness at Noonby Arthur KoestlerA glimpse of life in Stalinist Russia comes from a 1930s novel by Hungarian-born writer ArthurKoestler. Darkness at Noon tells the story of Rubashov, a longtime Bolshevik revolutionary, whois unjustly accused of crimes against the Soviet state during the “show trials.” In this excerpt,Rubashov has just been arrested and taken to his first interrogation.Rubashov saw a desk; behind it sat his old college friend and former battalion commander, Ivanov;he was looking at him smilingly while putting back the receiver. “So here we are again,” said Ivanov.Rubashov still stood at the door. “What a pleasant surprise,” he said . . . .“I do not want you to be shot,”[Ivanov] said slowly. . . .“Touching of you,” said Rubashov. “Why exactly do you people intend to have meshot?”Ivanov let a few seconds go by. He smoked and drew figures with his pencil on the blotting paper.