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Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

PUBLISHED: 5th April 2012
ISBN: 9780241956809
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Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours upstream, Marlow finds his faith in civilization crumbling.
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PUBLISHED: 5th April 2012
ISBN: 9780241956809
ANNOTATION:
Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours upstream, Marlow finds his faith in civilization crumbling.

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Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours upstream, Marlow finds his faith in civilization crumbling.

Publisher Description

'Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire.'Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours further upstream, closer and closer to Kurtz's extraordinary and terrible domain, so Marlow finds his faith in himself and civilization crumbling.

Author Biography

Joseph Conrad was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. In 1874 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. 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 settled in Kent, where he produced The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900) and the political novels Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907) and Under Western Eyes (1911). He continued to write until his death in 1924.

Review

Once experienced, it is hard to let Heart of Darkness go. A masterpiece of surprise, of expression and psychological nuance, of fury at colonial expansion and of how men make the least of life . . . endlessly readable and worthy of rereading Telegraph As powerful a condemnation of imperialism as has ever been written Observer

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As powerful a condemnation of imperialism as has ever been written

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As powerful a condemnation of imperialism as has ever been written

Product Details

Author
Joseph Conrad
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0241956803
ISBN-13
9780241956809
Media
Book
Publication Date
2012-04-05
Pages
112
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Series
Penguin Essentials
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
map
Language
English
Short Title
HEART OF DARKNESS
Residence
ENK
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
'As Powerful a Condemnation of Imperialism as Has Ever Been Written'
Audience
General/Trade