Under Western Eyes

Under Western Eyes

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'Whenever two Russians come together, the shadow of autocracy is with them...haunting the secret of their silences.'

First published in 1911, Under Western Eyes traces the experiences of Razumov, a young Russian student of philosophy who is uninvolved in politics or protest. Against his will he finds himself caught up in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing directed against the Tsarist authorities. He is pulled in different directions - by his conscience and his ambitions, by powerful opposed political forces, but most of all by personal emotions he is unable to suppress. Set in St Petersburg and
Geneva, the novel is in part a critical response to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment but it is also a startlingly modern book. Viewed through the 'Western eyes' of Conrad's English narrator, Razumov's story forces the reader to confront the same moral issues: the defensibility of terrorist resistance to
tyranny, the loss of individual privacy in a surveillance society, and the demands thrown up by the interplay of power and knowledge.

This new edition is based on the first English edition text, and has a new chronology and bibliography.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 195 x 16mm | 257g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0199552371
  • 9780199552375
  • 186,238

About Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad, geb. 1857 in der Ukraine, war Sohn polnischer Landadliger. Ab dem siebzehnten Lebensjahr fuhr er für französische und englische Handelsgesellschaften zur See, Erwerb des Kapitänspatents zwölf Jahre später, 1884 Annahme der englischen Staatsbürgerschaft. Zahlreiche Roman-Veröffentlichungen. Der Autor verstarb 1924 in England.
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