Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

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Joseph Conrad's enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Heart of Darkness is the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. Marlow's discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning, not only of his own nature and values, but of those that underpin Western civilization itself. This edition also includes Conrad's Congo Diary, a glossary, and an introduction discussing the author's experiences of Africa, critical responses, and the novel's symbolic complexities. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 145g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, England, United States
  • English
  • Rev. ed.
  • 0141441674
  • 9780141441672
  • 8,683

About Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. In 1896 he 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.
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4,320 ratings
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Heart of Darkness is a very real horror to read, bring up hard to see images to the readers mind, however yet so well written that it is able to do. Unlike Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Frankenstein & other horror stories, Heart of Darkness doesn't draw from the supernatural or scientific, but the real life issues of the time. Scary & worth reading.show more
by Ruskin Black
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