Michael Scammell

Michael Scammell is the author of Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth Century Skeptic and Solzhenitsyn, A Biography. He has translated books by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Nabokov into English and writes regularly about Russian and East European literature. 

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Praise for Michael Scammell

  • Koestler himself seems so alive he might leap off the page.

    Anne Applebaum, The New York Review of Books

  • A terrific biography... every page is enthralling.

    Michael Dirda, Washington Post

  • Superb biography.

    Paul Berman, The New Republic

  • A prodigy of research in many languages.

    Louis Menand, The New Yorker

  • Tremendous, absorbing.

    Neal Ascherson, London Review of Books

  • Magisterial.

    John Carey, The Sunday Times (UK)

Koestler

The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic

The Indispensable Intellectual

 

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News

2 October 2019

My Introduction to Darkness at Noon

Those who would like to read my introduction to the new translation of Darkness at Noon as a separate essay can find it on LitHub:

https://lithub.com/the-eerily-prescient-lessons-of-darkness-at-noon/

 

30 September 2019

Darkness at Noon - New English Translation Published

When I first read the newly discovered German typescript and decided to push for a new English translation of Arthur Koestler's dystopian novel, Darkness at Noon, I was aware there was a risk...

12 December 2018

New News Item Page

SOLZHENITSYN'S CENTENNIAL

"The Writer Who Destroyed an Empire"

December 11, 2018 was the hundredth anniversary of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's birthday. An op-ed I wrote to mark the occasion was...

15 May 2018

Darkness at Noon - New German Edition

The original German text of Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon (see my last news entry) has just been published by Elsinor Verlag in Coesfeld, Germany, with my introduction and an afterword by...

24 March 2016

Light on Darkness at Noon

Sensational news for Koestler watchers. A German graduate student, Matthias Wessel, was searching some files in the Zurich Central Library last July and stumbled across a manuscript that turned...

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