Arrival and Departure by Arthur Koestler

By Arthur Koestler

This was once the 3rd novel of Arthur Koestler's trilogy on ends and potential - the opposite are THE GLADIATORS and DARKNESS AT midday - and the 1st he wrote in English.

The vital topic is the clash among morality and expediency, and during this novel Koestler labored it out by way of person psychology. Peter Slavek begins out as a courageous younger progressive, yet suffers a breakdown. at the analyst's sofa he's made to find, in Koestler's personal phrases, 'that his crusading zeal used to be derived from subconscious guilt'.

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Le commissaire exigerait une visite en règle des ateliers de confection et des tailleurs de Paris. Et enrôlerait de la piétaille en uniforme pour quadriller la zone, tels des troufions en pleine guérilla urbaine. Le pronostic se révéla exact. — On se paye bien sûr les ateliers clandestins, dit N’Diop avec un sourire extra large. — Vous démarrez par eux. — Ça va être un sacré bordel, patron, lâcha Argenson. Ils vont s’égailler comme des lapins en nous voyant débarquer et il va falloir leur courir après.

Au cœur du marasme d’une époque. J’ai connu ça avec Jim Morrison. La première fois que je l’ai rencontré, je ne l’ai pas reconnu. Le dieu californien avait doublé de volume. Je ne savais pas que je venais de papoter avec le symbole d’une jeunesse en plein désarroi. Il faut dire qu’on ne nous recrute pas pour nos qualités intellectuelles, nous les flics. Sauf vous, bien sûr. Bon, ça a été un plaisir. Mais ma séance de cinoche m’attend. Un film policier avec un flic au QI de 170, et un truand qui plafonne à 175.

C’est un flic à la retraite, pas un loup-garou, Serge. — Qui sait ? Le temps l’a peut-être plus abîmé que prévu. Elle aurait fait hurler toutes les meutes de loups-garous de Paris, en pardessus de tweed ou pas. La fatigue de ces dernières journées fondait en sa présence. Il alla dans la chambre, se déshabilla avant de s’allonger sur le lit. Lorsqu’elle apparut sur le seuil, quelques secondes d’éternité plus tard, il constata qu’elle avait eu la même idée. La Seine brassait des vagues pourpres.

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