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Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard is a novel of great political and psychological importance in modern literature. Set in the fictional South American nation of Costaguana – a land wracked by war and revolution – Conrad paints a mesmerizing portrait of man’s vulnerability to greed and corruption. Through a unique narrative style and vivid characterization, Conrad delves into an account of human frailty with an ironic twist; it is a story without heroes.

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Overview

Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard is a novel of great political and psychological importance in modern literature. Set in the fictional South American nation of Costaguana – a land wracked by war and revolution – Conrad paints a mesmerizing portrait of man’s vulnerability to greed and corruption. Through a unique narrative style and vivid characterization, Conrad delves into an account of human frailty with an ironic twist; it is a story without heroes.

Conrad's dazzling array of viewpoints and chronology ensure that the reader is embroiled in the stress and passion of each moment of his characters' lives.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I had always thought that there were books you read to entertain yourself and classic books to educate you, but with Nostromo I realised a book could be both." —-Billy Ivory, Nottingham Evening Post
David Latane Jr. Virginia Commonwealth University
"Ruth Nadelhaft's new edition of Nostromo is a timely addition to the Broadview Editions series. Without neglecting the traditional critical and biographical approaches, the supplementary materials and lucid introduction place Conrad's difficult masterpiece fully and clearly within its contemporary contexts (especially the events surrounding the Panama Canal project), and in relation to our own debates about imperialism, colonials, and alleged racism in Conrad's work. Broadview's Nostromo, like its companion volumes, is truly a text for the way we teach now."
Michael Coyle Colgate University
"Nadelhaft negotiates the impasse between existential and political responses to the book. In reaffirming that the personal is the political, she demonstrates how Nostromo represents the process whereby 'imperialism transmits the virus of alienation.' Joined with the historical apparatus so characteristic of Broadview Editions, such theorizing genuinely reopens a book that hasn't yet received its due."
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In this gripping story about an imaginative South American republic of Costaguana, Conrad paints in shocking detail the insidious effects of greed and corruption. When the silver mines of the South American Republic of Costaguana are threatened by rebel forces, a brave Italian captain, Nostromo, steps in and offers to bury the silver to ensure its safety. His good intentions become tainted as the dark forces of human nature take over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141441634
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 830,296
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Nadelhaft is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Maine; her works include Joseph Conrad: A Feminist Reading (Harvester Press/Simon and Schuster, 1991).

Biography

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years. In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually 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. He once described himself as being concerned "with the ideal value of things, events and people" in the Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus he defined his task as "by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jósef Teodor Konrad Walecz Korzeniowski (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 3, 1857
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      August 3, 1924
    2. Place of Death:
      Bishopsbourne, Kent, England

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Joseph Conrad: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Nostromo
Appendix A: Selected Reviews
1. Letters of Arnold Bennett (25 November 1912)
2. Unsigned review, The Times Literary Supplement (21 October 1904)
3. Unsigned notice, Review of Reviews (1 November 1904)
4. Unsigned notice, Black and White (5 November 1904)
5. Unsigned review, Daily Telegraph (9 November 1904)
6. C.D.O. Barrie, British Weekly (10 November 1904)
7. Unsigned review, Manchester Guardian (2 November 1904)
8. Edward Garnett, Speaker (12 November 1904)
9. John Buchan, Spectator (19 November 1904)
10. Unsigned notice, Illustrated London News (26 November 1904)
Appendix B: Selected Letters
Appendix C: Documents relating to the Panama Canal Treaty of 1903
Appendix D: "Autocracy and War"
Works Cited
Recommended Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    If you like Conrad's style, it's a must!

    This novel follows in Conrad's rich style, which I love, but it bores others. If you're willing to explore Conrad's world, you'll find it realistly and beautifully complex. I particularly love the inclusion of Spanish, Italian, and French phrases. Conrad pulls you into South America. Conrad focuses on characterization, not plot, so if you're an action-lover, you'll be disappointed.

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