- Jan 2009
- Minneapolis, MN
Stalin's purges of the 1930's are represented very briefly in Animal Farm. I find Arthur Koestler's fictional account in Darkness at Noon quite interesting to compare. When Rubashov (the disgraced former party member) "confesses" it goes like this.
While he was speaking, he had pushed the prepared statement over to Rubashov, and laid his fountain-pen beside it. Rubashov stood up and said with a strained smile:
"I have always wondered what it was like when the Neanderthalers got sentimental. Now I know. "
"I do not understand," said Gletkin, who had also stood up.
Rubashov signed the sstatement, in which he confessed to having committed his crimes tthrough counterrevolutionary motives adn in teh service of a foreign Power. As he raised his head, his gaze fell on the portrait of No. 1 hanging on the wall, and once again he recognized the expresssion of knowing irony whth which years ago No. 1 had taken leave of him--that melancholy cynicism which stared down on humanity from the omnipresent portrait.