The Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer - Joseph Conrad (Paperback)

Product Details

Barcode
9780451531032
Department
Books
Released
5 Aug 2008
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Authors
Joseph Conrad
Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction by)
Vince Passaro (Afterword)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
New Amer Library Classics
Edition
Reprint
Series
Signet Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
168
Dimensions
178 x 108 x 19mm (100g)

Annotation

Presents two of Conrad's best-known works in a single volume.

Summary

In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the twentieth century.
 
Heart of Darkness is a devastating commentary on the corruptibility of humanity. Based on Conrad’s own 1890 trip up the Congo River, the story is told by Marlow, the novelist’s alter ego. It is a journey into darkness and horror—both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape, and metaphorically, as he encounters the morally depraved Mr. Kurtz. The Secret Sharer is the tale of a young sea captain’s first command as he sails into the Gulf of Siam—and into an encounter with his mysterious “double,” the shadow self of the unconscious mind.
 
Joseph Conrad boldly experimented with the novella and novel forms, filled his writing with the exotic places he himself had traveled, and concerned himself with honor, guilt, moral alienation, and sin. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer encapsulate his literary achievements—and his haunting portrayal of the dark side of man.
 
With an Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates
and an Afterword by Vince Passaro


 

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Fugitives from justice; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Ship captains; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Europeans; Africa; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924
Dewey Classification
823/.912

Author Bio

J zef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski was born in the Ukraine on 3 December 1857. His parents were Polish and had both died in exile by the time Conrad was eleven. His uncle then became his guardian and looked after him in Krakow until he was sixteen when he went to sea and sailed on French and British ships. He was made British citizen in 1886 and changed his name to Joseph Conrad. In 1889 Conrad visited the Congo and his experiences there inspired Heart of Darkness. In 1894 he published his first novel, Almayer's Folly and went on to write nineteen more as well as many short stories, essays and a memoir. In 1896 he married Jessie George and they later had two sons. Conrad died on 3 August 1924.