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By Msgr. Richard C. Antall, Crisis Magazine, October 22, 2020

Monsignor Antall is pastor of Holy Name Parish in the Diocese of Cleveland. He is the author of The Wedding, (Lambing Press, 2019).

Msgr. Richard C. Antall

Arthur Koestler is most famous for his Darkness at Noon, a book written in 1939 whose subject was the Stalin show trials of the thirties, when the Dictatorship of the Proletariat was exposed as the tyranny of a very bad man. Koestler wrote many other books, however, and one that I just read, Arrow in the Blue, had surprising relevance to our peculiar circumstances in this year of Our Lord, 2020, with regard to the media and the truth.

Koestler had quite a varied experience of life as a young man. He lived through the Communist Commune in Budapest as a boy in 1919, then lived in Vienna, a kibbutz in the Palestine Mandate, Paris and Berlin—all this before the age of 35. Arrow in the Blue is the first volume of his memoirs and details his life in journalism in the run up to the Second World War.  …