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Born in Budapest and educated in Austria, Arthur Koestler (1905–1983) was a member of the Communist Party from 1931 to 1938, when he resigned his membership. He wrote many novels, essays, and other works of nonfiction, and in 1968 he was awarded the Sonning prize for “outstanding contribution to European culture.” The God That Failed, published in 1949, was made up of six essays on the shared theme of disillusionment with Communism. Billed as “a confession,” the six contributing writers tell the stories of their ultimately disappointing relationship with Communism.

From Arthur Koestler, The God That Failed. New York: Harper’s, 1949, pp. 17, 23, 24, 29–31, 48–9, 71–2, 74–5.

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