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Edited and with Notes by Peter Lancelot Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrad's "surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism," calling the book "a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does."

This intense 1907 thriller — a precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carré — concerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists. Conrad explores political and criminal intrigue in a modern society, building to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis deemed "one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction."

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"[H]as the thrills of a John le Carré or one of Graham Greene's sinister entertainments, but Conrad did it first." Jennifer Howard, Washington Post Book World

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"A brilliant book...one of the greatest works of modern irony, a form of very justified address to the modern world." Malcolm Bradbury

Synopsis:

The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.

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Synopsis:

Edited and with Notes by Peter Lancelot Mallios

Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrads “surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism,” calling the book “a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.”

This intense 1907 thriller-a precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carré-concerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists. Conrad explores political and criminal intrigue in a modern society, building to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis deemed “one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction.”

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) 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).

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ISBN:
9780812973051
Editor:
Mallios, Peter Joseph
Introduction by:
Kaplan, Robert D.
Introduction by:
Kaplan, Robert D.
Introduction:
Kaplan, Robert D.
Editor:
Mallios, Peter Joseph
Author:
Conrad, Joseph
Author:
Mallios, Peter
Author:
Kaplan, Robert D.
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;literature;espionage;terrorism;classic;20th century;classics;british;london;english literature;spy;anarchy;anarchism;england;mystery;english;joseph conrad;uk;crime;anarchists;british literature;19th century;thriller;1900s;politics;modernism;
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fiction;novel;literature;espionage;terrorism;classic;20th century;classics;british;london;english literature;spy;anarchy;anarchism;england;mystery;english;joseph conrad;uk;crime;anarchists;british literature;19th century;thriller;1900s;politics;modernism;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Publication Date:
December 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x.78 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Modern Library - English 9780812973051 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[H]as the thrills of a John le Carré or one of Graham Greene's sinister entertainments, but Conrad did it first."
"Review" by , "A brilliant book...one of the greatest works of modern irony, a form of very justified address to the modern world."
"Synopsis" by , The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Edited and with Notes by Peter Lancelot Mallios

Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrads “surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism,” calling the book “a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.”

This intense 1907 thriller-a precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carré-concerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists. Conrad explores political and criminal intrigue in a modern society, building to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis deemed “one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction.”

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