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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

Joseph Conrad


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PUBLISHED: 31st May 2008
ISBN: 9780099511533
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At the turn of the 20th century, London has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc, a secret agent who is given the mission to strike at the heart of London's pride by blowing up the Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences.
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  • Paperback
    $19.45
PUBLISHED: 31st May 2008
ISBN: 9780099511533
ANNOTATION:
At the turn of the 20th century, London has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc, a secret agent who is given the mission to strike at the heart of London's pride by blowing up the Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences.

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At the turn of the 20th century, London has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc, a secret agent who is given the mission to strike at the heart of London's pride by blowing up the Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences.

Publisher Description

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODENLondon is under threat. It has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc. He is the secret agent who is given the mission to strike right at the heart of London's pride by blowing up Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences on a more personal than political level.

Author Biography

J zef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski was born in the Ukraine on 3 December 1857. His parents were Polish and had both died in exile by the time Conrad was eleven. His uncle then became his guardian and looked after him in Krakow until he was sixteen when he went to sea and sailed on French and British ships. He was made British citizen in 1886 and changed his name to Joseph Conrad. In 1889 Conrad visited the Congo and his experiences there inspired Heart of Darkness. In 1894 he published his first novel, Almayer's Folly and went on to write nineteen more as well as many short stories, essays and a memoir. In 1896 he married Jessie George and they later had two sons. Conrad died on 3 August 1924.

Review

"Perenially fascinating... When Joseph Conrad wrote The Secret Agent he was responding imaginatively to a real botched bomb attack on Greenwich, at a time when there was real panic about anarchist extremism throughout Europe" Guardian "An astonishing book" -- Ford Madox Ford "This damp, dark thriller dances about on satirical feet, from its opening paragraph to the very last, where it suddenly plunges like Chernobyl's core to our own apocalyptic times, seamed with petit-bourgeois envy and crazed fundamentalist dreams. Whether attacking the former or the latter, Conrad never lets go of his grim, twitchy smile." -- Adam Thorpe Guardian "One of the two unquestionable classics of the first order that [Conrad] added to the English novel" -- F.R. Leavis

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Product Details

Author
Joseph Conrad
Short Title
SECRET AGENT
Pages
283
Publisher
Vintage UK
Series
Vintage Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0099511533
ISBN-13
9780099511533
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2008
Publication Date
2008-05-31
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Residence
ENK
Subtitle
With an Introduction by Giles Foden