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The politics of betrayalRenegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens$
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Ashley Lavelle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088162

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088162.001.0001

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Arthur Koestler, The Twentieth-Century ‘Sceptic’, and Other Cold War Pilgrims

Arthur Koestler, The Twentieth-Century ‘Sceptic’, and Other Cold War Pilgrims

(p.195) Chapter 10 Arthur Koestler, The Twentieth-Century ‘Sceptic’, and Other Cold War Pilgrims
The politics of betrayal

Ashley Lavelle

Manchester University Press

Among the renegades who embraced a wide range of movements and causes – in some instances, so many that the break with radicalism appears as just one step in a long series – probably the most egregious is Arthur Koestler, the Hungarian born communist and novelist who became an equally dedicated anti-communist. His biographer Cesarani has warned of the need to exercise caution in relation to Koestler's own self-serving interpretation of his life. This chapter surveys the evidence for a psychological motivation for the renegacy of Koestler and numerous other renegades.

Keywords:   Mentality, Koestler, Stalinism, Cleaver, Rubin, Sixties, Lenin

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