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Koestler, Arthurlocked

(1905–1983)

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Koestler, Arthur(1905–1983), writer, was born 5 September 1905 in Budapest, the son of Henrik Koestler, talented eccentric and usually prosperous Jewish businessman, and his wife, Adela Jeiteles Hitzig, of an old Prague-Viennese Jewish family. She considered Hungarians barbarians, refusing to speak their language. Koestler admired his self-taught father and disliked his snobbish mother who treated him unkindly, was shamed by his sensational political adventures, belittled his literary successes, and whom he hated meeting even when she was old. Educated originally in ...

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