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Before addressing one of the finest examples of modern literature lets get one thing out of the way President Bill Clinton bears no resemblance to Rubashov the protagonist in Arthur Koestlers classic Darkness at Noon At least not a positive one which he wanted aide Sidney Blumenthal to believe when he compared his own prosecution to that of Rubashov Briefly both men pleaded innocent before ultimately admitting their guilt Thats about where the similarity ends Although certainly guilty of other things Rubashov was innocent of the crimes of which he was accused Rubashov accepted his punishment - his debt to the past Clinton Well we all know that story Maybe too much of that story Immediately following the Russian Revolution of 1917 debate and open discussion were the norm among the party faithful who labored so diligently to bring the party to power By the 1930s with the founder of the revolution dead and No 1 firmly in control criticism is no longer tolerated Darkness at Noon is a fictionalized account of Stalins purges of the 1930s in which Nicolas Salmanovitch Rubashov is arrested after years of service to the party BRAVO THE WOLVES DEVOUR EACH OTHER declared Rubashovs prison
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