Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad, J. H. Stape, Robert Hampson, Owen Knowles
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A haunting and very influential Modernist masterpiece, the Penguin Classics edition of Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness is published with an introduction by Owen Knowles.Conrad narrator Marlow, a sailor and traveler, tells of his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz: die, crazy, and guilty of unnamed atrocities.Travelling upriver in the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed with this enigmatic, wraith-like figure.Marlow’s discovery of how Kurtz gained his position of power over local populations engages in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values, but also those of western civilization.The source of inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola, who won an Oscar for the film Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness is a typically modernist works exploring the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism.The framework of an important series of new editions of Conrad’s most famous works in Penguin Classics, this volume contains Conrad’s Congo, Journal, a chronology, reading, notes, a map of the Congo, a glossary and an introduction about the author’s experiences in Africa, the narrative and symbolic complexity of the heart of darkness of criticism and responses to the novel.Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Ukraine and grew up under the Tsarist autocracy.After spending years in French, and later the British Merchant Navy, Conrad left the sea to devote himself to writingIn 1896, he moved to Kent, where he produced within fifteen years these modern classics such as Youth, the Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under the Western Eyes.If you have appreciated the Heart of Darkness, you will love EMForster is A Passage to India, also available in Penguin Classics” Seems to touch Conrad’s heart himself,” Peter Ackroyd.
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