Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Paperback Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions

By (author) Joseph Conrad

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 210mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0143106589
  • ISBN 13: 9780143106586
  • Edition: Special edition
  • Edition statement: De Luxe edition
  • Sales rank: 71,070

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'The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, rage - who can tell? - but truth - truth stripped of its cloak of time. Let the fool gape and shudder - the man knows, and can look on without a wink'. Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours further upstream, closer and closer to Kurtz's extraordinary and terrible domain, so Marlow finds his faith in himself and civilization crumbling. Conrad's Heart of Darkness has been considered the most important indictment of the evils of imperialism written to date.

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Joseph Conrad (originally Jozef 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'. Adam Hochschild is the author of seven books, including "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa" and "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves." He teaches narrative writing at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley. Timothy S. Hayes is an Instructor of English at Auburn University in Alabama. His research interests include narrative theory and the novel, particularly the works of Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad. Mike Mignola is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of "Hellboy," which has been adapted into two feature films by Guillermo del Toro. He lives in Los Angeles, California.