Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 154g
  • Herts, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1853262404
  • 9781853262401
  • 6,543

Table of contents

Youth: A Narrative Heart of Darkness The End of the Tether
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Wordsworth Classics covers a huge list of beloved works of literature in English and translations....
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About Joseph Conrad

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