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Victory: An Island Tale (Everyman's Library)

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Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heysts remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.

“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.”

The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.

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Synopsis:

Joseph Conrad's last major work, Victory is the story of Axel Heyst, a Swedish baron who wanders the islands of the Dutch East Indies in search of solitude and utter detachment from humanity. Because of a single act of kindness, however, Heyst is caught up despite himself in an increasingly tangled web of slander, love, violence, and revenge, all in the shadow of the dull red glow of a local volcano. After rescuing a young English girl, Lena, from exploitation by the innkeeper Schomberg, Heyst finally begins to find a way out of his emotional isolation, only to find himself the object of Schomberg's deadly hatred. In a poignantly ironic twist of fate, it is the spark of human connection in Heyst's empty life that sets off the final eruption of violence and tragedy.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xliv-xlv).

About the Author

Peter Lancelot Mallios is an assistant professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maryland.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375400476
Introduction:
Tanner, Tony
Author:
Kimber
Author:
Conrad, Joseph
Author:
Kimber, Stephen
Author:
Tanner, Tony
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Abused women
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Women musicians
Subject:
Islands -- Fiction.
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Indonesia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;literature;20th century;english literature;classic;classics;british;adventure;english;joseph conrad;indonesia;modernism;british literature;england;maritime;sea;classic literature
Edition Description:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5 x 1.12 in 1.2344 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Joseph Conrad's last major work, Victory is the story of Axel Heyst, a Swedish baron who wanders the islands of the Dutch East Indies in search of solitude and utter detachment from humanity. Because of a single act of kindness, however, Heyst is caught up despite himself in an increasingly tangled web of slander, love, violence, and revenge, all in the shadow of the dull red glow of a local volcano. After rescuing a young English girl, Lena, from exploitation by the innkeeper Schomberg, Heyst finally begins to find a way out of his emotional isolation, only to find himself the object of Schomberg's deadly hatred. In a poignantly ironic twist of fate, it is the spark of human connection in Heyst's empty life that sets off the final eruption of violence and tragedy.
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