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Heart of Darkness/The Congo Diary

Joseph Conrad


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PUBLISHED: 31st December 2007
ISBN: 9780141441672
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Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions Exploring the workings of consciousness as well as the grim realities of imperialism, "Heart of Darkness" tells of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, who journeys into the heart of the African continent to discover how the enigmatic Kurtz has gained power over the local people.
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  • Paperback
    $13.65
PUBLISHED: 31st December 2007
ISBN: 9780141441672
ANNOTATION:
Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions Exploring the workings of consciousness as well as the grim realities of imperialism, "Heart of Darkness" tells of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, who journeys into the heart of the African continent to discover how the enigmatic Kurtz has gained power over the local people.

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Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions Exploring the workings of consciousness as well as the grim realities of imperialism, "Heart of Darkness" tells of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, who journeys into the heart of the African continent to discover how the enigmatic Kurtz has gained power over the local people.

Publisher Description

Conrad's narrator Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz- dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities. Travelling upriver to the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. Marlow's discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning, not only of his own nature and values, but also those of western civilisation. The inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness is a quintessentially modernist work exploring the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism. Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad's most famous works in Penguin Classics, this volume contains Conrad's Congo Diary, a chronology, further reading, notes, a map of the Congo, a glossary and an introduction discussing the author's experiences in Africa, the narrative and symbolic complexities of Heart of Darkness and critical responses to the novel. If you enjoyed Heart of Darkness, you might like E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, also available in Penguin Classics.

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 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.

Product Details

Author
Joseph Conrad
Short Title
HEART OF DARKNESS/THE CONGO DI
Pages
136
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0141441674
ISBN-13
9780141441672
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-12-31
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edited by
Owen Knowles, Robert Hampson
Residence
ENK