Almayer's Folly

Almayer's Folly : A Story of an Eastern River

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Almayer's Folly was Conrad's first novel, set in a remote Bornean outpost at the end of the last century. Conrad draws on his own experience to present the strains of life at a cultural crossroads. The Dutch trader, Almayer, is stranded in Sambir, thirty miles up a virtually unknown equatorial river. He lives among old and new cultures; his wife is Sulu (Filipino), behind him live his Arab rivals, across the river is the Malay rajah's campong, inland are the primitive Dyak head-hunters, and decisions taken in London and Amsterdam affect every household in the settlement. In its social density and variety the novel prefigures Conrad's later masterpieces Nostromo and The Secret Agent . This is the first critical edition of Almayer's Folly , with an Introduction which demonstrates the novel's importance as an exploration of colonialism, and shows that in this early work Conrad had already elaborated the fictional technique and conception of human life than served to make him a key figure in the evolution and achievement of literary modernism. This book is intended for general readers, students of English and European Literature at 6th form, undergraduate, and postgraduate more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 110 x 180 x 20mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 2 maps, line drawings, bibliography
  • 0192816977
  • 9780192816979

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