The Dawn Watch : Joseph Conrad in a Global World
by Maya Jasanoff
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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A visionary of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, and our world, from one of today’s finest writing historiansLighting, compassion, superb” John le Carre `The Dawn of the Watch will win prizesIf it is not, there is something wrong with the price of “Guardian of Migration, terrorism, the tensions between capitalism and nationalism, the promises and dangers of a technological and communications revolution: these forces in the form of life and work of Joseph Conrad, at the dawn of the twentieth centuryIn this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices of modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization, as we recognize him todayAs an immigrant from Poland, England, and in travels from Malaysia to the Congo and the Caribbean, Conrad navigated an interconnected world, and captured in a literary work of extraordinary depthThe story of his life, delivers a story of globalization from within, and powerfully reflects on the aspirations and challenges of the modern worldJoseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, of Polish parents from the Russian EmpireAt sixteen, he left the landlocked country in the heart of Europe to become a sailor, and for the next twenty years, traveled the oceans of the world before settling definitively in London as an authorHe saw the flare-up, competitive “new imperialism” that planted a flag in almost all populated of the planetHe got a glimpse close to the places beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-ship lines”, and the hypocrisy of the most expensive ideals of the WestIn a fascinating mix of history, biography and travel narrative, Maya Jasanoff follows Conrad, the roads and stories of his four greatest works: The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, in the Heart of Darkness, and NostromoThe Kind of folding, intellectually exciting and deeply humanistic,
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