Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Book rating: 05 Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Joseph Conrad, Introduction and notes by Gene M. Moore, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine


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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 18mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262404
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262401
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 3,665

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Introduction and Notes by Gene M. Moore, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Generally regarded as the pre-eminent work of Conrad's shorter fiction, Heart of Darkness is a chilling tale of horror which, as the author intended, is capable of many interpretations. Set in the Congo during the period of rapid colonial expansion in the 19th century, the story deals with the highly disturbing effects of economic, social and political exploitation of European and African societies and the cataclysmic behaviour this induced in some individuals. The other two stories in this book - Youth and The End of the Tether - concern the sea and those who sail upon it, a genre in which Conrad reigns supreme.

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Introduction and Notes by Gene M. Moore, Universiteit van Amsterdam

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By Don Dealga 19 Apr 2014 5

A seminal work of the modernist Western literary canon.
The never ending debate about whether Heart of Darkness has a dark racist heart continues giving the book a continuing import, relevance and resonance.
As a document it captures the savage and fanatic vision that drove Western Imperialist projects in 19th Century Africa. As literature it continues to provoke questions.

Table of contents

Youth: A Narrative Heart of Darkness The End of the Tether