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Paperbackpages. Preview — The Gladiators by Arthur Koestler. So many of the factors that Crassus mentions are very applicable now.

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Henry Jiang rated it liked it Mar 04, The historical events were sensational enough in their own right. Plus an oddly Old Western font for the title. It could gkadiadores considered a premonition of the failure of Communism and the reasons behind it.

View all 10 comments. He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria.

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Bel libro politico, scritto alla fine degli anni trenta da un comunista pos. Plus an oddly Old Western font for the title. Jopa rated it really liked it Mar 06, For five thousand years or more civilization rested upon slavery.

Scrupuleuse En 73 avant J. Sep 14, B0nnie marked it as books.

Tells the story of the Spartacus rebellion in Koestler’s dry yet gripping style. Now to re-read the next one in the trilogy – Darkness at noon – which I read in college.

In a scene of a pre-‘last battle’ interview between Crassus and Spartacus, the latter actually notes even the physical resemblance between the rich man and the proletarian slave-gladiator which of course is a recognition of kindred motivation, the union of ‘eaters’ from ‘above’ and ‘below’, so to speak.


This made me wonder when the wage slave rebellion will start and how will it end? The Gladiators is a philosophical novel focused on Spartacus and his failed uprising. I think there is a moral in this for pacifists. Scrive di rivoluzione e, soprattutto, di rivoluzione impossibile senza tradirla. The first of three novels concerned with the ‘ethics of revolution’, it addresses the age-old debate of whether the end justifies the means, an argument continued in his classic novels Darkness at Noon and Arrival and Departure.

Nov 01, Inma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Henry Jiang rated it liked it Mar 04, Bryan Meissner rated it liked it Apr 27, Lo que nos cuenta. Over the next forty-three years he espoused many causes, wrote novels and biographies, and numerous essays. Dec 13, James M rated it really liked it Shelves: A polemic imagining of the Spartacus wars, written fron within the rebels’ camp.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is plenty of mayhem in this book but essentially it is for those who are willing to ask questions about base human nature and live with the results. Especially when I found a used copy of it with this incredible cover. View all 3 comments. Crixus est sans fond. All the others are not even names.

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I think there is a moral in this for pacifists. And it not only applies to Communism but to any other political structure from the past and as things go by, from the future.


It is an ignoble, even ignorant, attitude, but the cynicism of the fat, equally self-indulgent and also deeply unhappy Roman banker-become-general, Marcus Crassus, quite reflects Crixus’ own.

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Espartaco, la rebelión de los gladiadores

Espartaco es el Che Guevara de un siglo antes de Cristo. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Llegaban labradores, pastores, jornaleros, esclavos y hombres libres por igual. Llegaban labradores, pastores, jornaleros, esclavos y hombres libres por igual. This is a deeply disturbing novel about the failure of mass revolutionary movements.

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Lists with Artgur Book. Nov 26, Olethros rated it liked it. View all 3 comments. Far more enjoyable a read than Darkness at noon.

Jopa rated it really liked it Mar 06, Paul rated it really liked it Mar 25, It contrasts the conscious self-interest koestlsr privileged elites with the self-interest of the masses and observes that there is one fundamental ‘law’ that operates beneath the surface of the facades of ‘order’ and ‘patriotism’, namely the fatalistic assertion of the leader of the fierce and melancholic Celts, the gladiator Crixus, that the law is simply, “Eat, or be eaten”!

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