The good-looking one, the one in need, the one that almost was
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Arthur Koestler was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Sentenced to death in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, he spent months as a political prisoner in Seville, Spain, before he was eventually released as part of a prisoner exchange. He committed suicide at the age of seventy-seven after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and leukemia.
It is a unique sound. A cell door has no handle, either outside or inside. It cannot be shut except by being slammed. It is made of massive steel and concrete, about four inches thick, and every time it falls to there is a resounding crash just as though a shot has been fired. But this report dies away without an echo. Prison sounds are echoless and bleak.