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With an Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Commentary by H.L. Mencken, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chiua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch

"Heart of Darkness," which appeared at the very beginning of our century, was a Cassandra cry announcing the end of Victorian Europe, on the verge of transforming itself into the Europe of violence," wrote the critic Czeslaw Milosz.
        
Originally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century's most enduring--and harrowing--works of fiction. Written several years after Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel tells the story of Marlow, a seaman who undertakes his own journey into the African jungle to find the tormented white trader Kurtz. Rich in irony and spellbinding prose, Heart of Darkness is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad's Congo Diary of 1890--the first notes, in effect, for the novel which was composed at the end of that decade.
Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad, "His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life."

Synopsis:

A group of white men journeys up the Congo River to invade the jungles of the Belgian Congo in an effort to rob the natives of their ivory.

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Synopsis:

Joseph Conrad's enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism in a deluxe edition with a gripping cover by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola

Heart of Darkness is the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into 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 of those that underpin Western civilization itself.

About the Author

Jospeh Conrad (1957-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with works such as Typhoon (1902), Youth (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), Chance (1913), and Victory (1915).

Caryl Phillips is the author of one book of nonfiction, The European Tribes, and six novels, The Nature of Blood, The Final Passage, A State of Independence, Higher Ground, Cambridge, and Crossing the River. He lives in London and New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375753770
Subtitle:
(Classics Deluxe Edition)
Introduction:
Phillips, Caryl
Introduction by:
Phillips, Caryl
Introduction:
Phillips, Caryl
Author:
Phillips, Caryl
Author:
Hayes, Timothy
Author:
Conrad, Joseph
Author:
Hochschild, Adam
Author:
Low, Greg
Author:
Mignola, Mike
Author:
Low
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Suffering
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Europeans
Subject:
Congo.
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1999
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe
Series Volume:
no. 49
Publication Date:
20120828
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.01x5.22x.42 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , A group of white men journeys up the Congo River to invade the jungles of the Belgian Congo in an effort to rob the natives of their ivory.
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Joseph Conrad's enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism in a deluxe edition with a gripping cover by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola

Heart of Darkness is the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into 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 of those that underpin Western civilization itself.

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