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.Read More | Contact Michael Scammell
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
Paul Berman, The New Republic
A prodigy of research in many languages.”—
Louis Menand, The New Yorker
Neal Ascherson, London Review of Books
John Carey, The Sunday Times (UK)
2 October 2019
MORE LIGHT ON DARKNESS AT NOON?
An interesting email from the Rev. Richard Martin of Glasgow arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago. “Apologies if I am the 4000th person to make this point!” he writes, but after reading my introduction to Paul Boehm’s new translation of Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, he is wondering if my explanation for the English title could be wrong. Surely, the...
30 September 2019
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
"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
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
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...