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Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad


PUBLISHED: 1st September 2011
ISBN: 9780143566441
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Marlow, a ferry-boat captain on foreign assignment in the Congo, searches for the legendary and feared Mr Kurtz, unprepared for what he will find. On his journey, he encounters the darkness of the wilderness; the darkness of colonization, and ultimately, the darkness within every man.
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PUBLISHED: 1st September 2011
ISBN: 9780143566441
ANNOTATION:
Marlow, a ferry-boat captain on foreign assignment in the Congo, searches for the legendary and feared Mr Kurtz, unprepared for what he will find. On his journey, he encounters the darkness of the wilderness; the darkness of colonization, and ultimately, the darkness within every man.

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Marlow, a ferry-boat captain on foreign assignment in the Congo, searches for the legendary and feared Mr Kurtz, unprepared for what he will find. On his journey, he encounters the darkness of the wilderness; the darkness of colonization, and ultimately, the darkness within every man.

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Marlow, a ferry-boat captain on foreign assignment in the Congo, searches for the legendary and feared Mr. Kurtz, unprepared for what he will find. On his journey he encounters the darkness of the wilderness; the darkness of colonization, and ultimately, the darkness within every man. Heart of Darkness is a powerful indictment of the evils of imperialism.

Author Biography

Joseph Conrad (originally J zef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.

He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language. He once described himself as being concerned 'with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' he defined his task as 'by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see'.

Product Details

Author
Joseph Conrad
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Series
Popular Penguins
Year
2011
ISBN-10
014356644X
ISBN-13
9780143566441
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2011-08-29
Pages
144