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'Victory, don't forget, has come out of my innermost self.' Victory was the last of Conrad's novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago. Sub-titled 'An Island Tale', it tells the story of Axel Heyst who, damaged by his dead father's nihilistic philosophy, has retreated from the world of commerce and colonial exploration to live alone on the island of Samburan. But Heyst's solitary existence ends when he rescues an English girl from her rapacious patron and takes her off to his retreat. She in turn recalls him to love and life, until the world breaks in on them once more with tragic consequences. In this love story Conrad created two of his psychologically most complex and compelling characters in a narrative of great erotic power. This new edition uses the English first edition text and has a new chronology and more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 20mm | 240.41g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1 map
  • 0192801759
  • 9780192801753
  • 1,072,628

About Joseph Conrad

Mara Kalnins is Fellow in English at Corpus Christi College and Staff Tutor in Literature at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. She has written and edited several books on D. H. Lawrence and i the General Editor of the works of Joseph Conrad in more

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Victory is set in the brave new world of colony and exploration. Its hero, Axel Heyst, exists in spite of this world - alone on a Malayan island in a state of extreme detachment. Civilisation intervenes however in the shape of Magdalena, a woman rescued from her desperate life on the mainland. Protected by the benign nature of the island, she undergoes a form of moral redemption and in turn salvages Heyst by showing him what it is to live. We glimpse their nascent relationship, intense and erotically-charged, and witness its subversion by a band of adventurers who intrude upon their idyll. With equal measure of tenderness and brutality Conrad illustrates man's struggle in the world. It is a tropical island tale bound for tragedy and is narrated at a pace taut as a trip-wire. This new edition, complete with map, bibliography and explanatory notes, is a compelling read and one to be savoured. (Kirkus UK)show more

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