In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the February–March 2023 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes (+5, -1), our 65th topic challenge will be

the works of Arthur Koestler (1905 – 1983)

What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during February and March 2023 you are invited to try to get hold of a work in sign language and ask questions about it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during February and March too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of one or more works by Arthur Koestler and

  • asking good questions about it or
  • answering questions that have been posted as part of this challenge or
  • writing a review of a book by or about Koestler on our Tumblr blog.

Questions about these works should be tagged and the work's title (if it is a book-length work). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is Tsundoku's presentation:

Arthur Koestler was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. He was born in Budapest and grew up mainly in Austria. He became a member of the Communist Party of Germany in 1931, from which he resigned in 1938 because he had become disillusioned by Stalinism. His works include the following:

What's next?

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List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  1. Why did the book held by Rubashov change title between different versions of "Darkness at Noon"? by Clara Diaz Sanchez, 10/02/2023.
  2. What was Koestler's opinion of Hardy's translation of Darkness at Noon? by Zeus, 20/02/2023.
  3. In what sense do The Gladiators, Darkness at Noon, and Arrival and Departure form a trilogy? by Rand al'Thor, 22/02/2023.
  4. In which language was The Gladiators first written? by Rand al'Thor, 25/02/2023.
  5. Did Koestler coin "mimophant"? by Rand al'Thor, 12/03/2023.
  6. How historically accurate is Koestler's The Gladiators? by Tsundoku, 24/03/2023.
  7. ...
  8. add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>), dd/mm/2023.

The highest-voted of these is [question URL], with a score of TBD at the end of March.

The most viewed is [question URL], with approximately TBD views during the months of February and March.

TBD questions received at least one answer.

Reviews on our Tumblr blog: TBD.

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