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Heart of Darkness: (Classics Deluxe Edition) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions)

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A masterpiece of twentieth-century writing, Heart of Darkness exposes the tenuous fabric that holds "civilization" together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism. Conrad's crowning achievement recounts Marlow's physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz.

#LINK<># @JungleFever Heading down to Africa on a boat. Too hot! I get the creeping sense this job isn’t going to be as cushy as they made it sound.

The natives seem unhappy. Some are even violent! Why don’t they appreciate how much we’ve done for them? Ungrateful welfare leeches, I say!

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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.

Synopsis:

Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions

In a corrupt London underworld of criminals, terrorists, and fanatics, Mr. Verloc is assigned to plant a bomb. The tragic repercussions for his family show how Conrad's ironic voice is concerned not with politics but with the terrible fates of ordinary people.

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years. In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and 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 and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. 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 married Jessie George and eventually 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. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English—his third language. He once described himself as being concerned 'with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' he defined his task as 'by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see'.

Table of Contents

The Portable Conrad Acknowledgments

Introduction by Michael Gorra

Joseph Conrad: A Chronology

I. A Calm and a Storm

The Secret Sharer: An Episode from the Coast

Preface to The Nigger of the "Narcissus"

The Nigger of the "Narcissus": A Tale of the Sea

II. Three Stories

Karain: A Memory

Amy Foster

The Warrior's Soul

III. Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

IV. The Secret Agent

Author's Note

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

V. Essays, Autobiography, and Letters

Autocracy and War

Some Reflections on the Loss of the Titanic

FROM The Mirror of the Sea, "Initiation"

FROM A Personal Record

Letters

To Marguerite Poradowska, 26 September 1890

To Carol Zagorski, 10 March 1896

To R. B. Cunninghame Graham, 20 December 1897

To Edward Garnett, 29 March 1898

To John Galsworthy, 12 March 1899

To R. B. Cunninghame Graham, 14 October 1899

To William Blackwood, 31 May 1902

To Roger Casement, 21 December 1903

To William Rothenstein, 3 September 1904

To J. B. Pinker, 30 July 1907

To J. B. Pinker, 16? July 1908

To Edward Garnett, 27 May 1912

To John Quinn, January 1917

To John Quinn, 6 February 1918

To Hugh Walpole, 10 February 1922

To C. K. Scott Moncrieff, 17 December 1922

Suggestions for Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143106586
Author:
Conrad, Joseph
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Author:
Knowles, Owen
Author:
Hochschild, Adam
Author:
Simmons, Allan H.
Author:
Hampson, Robert
Author:
Donovan, Stephen
Author:
Fraser, Gail
Author:
Mignola, Mike
Author:
Stape, J. H.
Author:
Pauly, Veronique
Author:
Hayes, Timothy
Author:
Newton, Michael
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
20070925
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.89 x 5.3 x 0.94 in 0.8 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions

In a corrupt London underworld of criminals, terrorists, and fanatics, Mr. Verloc is assigned to plant a bomb. The tragic repercussions for his family show how Conrad's ironic voice is concerned not with politics but with the terrible fates of ordinary people.

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