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The novel Darkness at Noon is narrated primarily from a third-person limited point of view. The narrator focuses on the thoughts of the main character, Rubashov, with occasional exceptions. Readers are privy to Ivanov's thoughts in Second Hearing: 2 and Gletkin's thoughts at the end of Second Hearing: 7. In addition, Rubashov writes in his diary in the first person.
Darkness at Noon is told in both the past and present tenses.
The title Darkness at Noon likely refers with verbal irony to the Communist Party line that its communist revolution created a utopian society, which is likened to the warmth and light of noon. In reality the society the Party created in the USSR, or Soviet Union, was a brutal dictatorship of cruelty, deception, and fear—a society plunged into an utter darkness.
This study guide for Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.