Der Autor Joseph Conrad (eigentlich Josef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) wurde am 3.12.1857 als Sohn polnischer Landedelleute in Berdiczew bei Kiew geboren. Er besuchte das Gymnasium in Krakau und ging mit siebzehn Jahren nach Marseille, um Seemann zu werden. Als britischer Kapitän befuhr er die Weltmeere und bereiste den Kongo und die Malaiischen Inseln, Schauplätze seiner späteren Romane. Schon als Seeoffizier begann er zu schreiben. Als ein tropisches Fieber ihn zwang, den Seemannsberuf aufzugeben, ließ er sich 1894 als freier Schriftsteller in England nieder. In den folgenden dreißig Jahren entstanden - oft unter großer materieller Not - die berühmten Romane und Geschichten dieses Autors, der, obwohl er die englische Sprache erst als Erwachsener erlernte, zu den großen Meistern der englischen Literatur zählt. Er starb am 3.8.1924 in seinem Landhaus in Bishopbourne/Kent.
Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboardby Joseph Conrad
I don't mean to say that I became then conscious of any impending change in my mentality and in my attitude towards the tasks of my writing life. And perhaps there was never any change, except in that
"Nostromo" is the most anxiously meditated of the longer novels which belong to the period following upon the publication of the "Typhoon" volume of short stories.
I don't mean to say that I became then conscious of any impending change in my mentality and in my attitude towards the tasks of my writing life. And perhaps there was never any change, except in that mysterious, extraneous thing which has nothing to do with the theories of art; a subtle change in the nature of the inspiration; a phenomenon for which I can not in any way be held responsible. What, however, did cause me some concern was that after finishing the last story of the "Typhoon" volume it seemed somehow that there was nothing more in the world to write about.
This so strangely negative but disturbing mood lasted some little time; and then, as with many of my longer stories, the first hint for "Nostromo" came to me in the shape of a vagrant anecdote completely destitute of valuable details.
As a matter of fact in 1875 or '6, when very young, in the West Indies or rather in the Gulf of Mexico, for my contacts with land were short, few, and fleeting, I heard the story of some man who was supposed to have stolen single-handed a whole lighter-full of silver, somewhere on the Tierra Firme seaboard during the troubles of a revolution.
On the face of it this was something of a feat. But I heard no details, and having no particular interest in crime qua crime I was not likely to keep that one in my mind. And I forgot it till twenty-six or seven years afterwards I came upon the very thing in a shabby volume picked up outside a second-hand book-shop. It was the life story of an American seaman written by himself with the assistance of a journalist. In the course of his wanderings that American sailor worked for some months on board a schooner, the master and owner of which was the thief of whom I had heard in my very young days. I have no doubt of that because there could hardly have been two exploits of that peculiar kind in the same part of the world and both connected with a South American revolution.
The fellow had actually managed to steal a lighter with silver, and this, it seems, only because he was implicitly trusted by his employers, who must have been singularly poor judges of character. In the sailor's story he is represented as an unmitigated rascal, a small cheat, stupidly ferocious, morose, of mean appearance, and altogether unworthy of the greatness this opportunity had thrust upon him. What was interesting was that he would boast of it openly.
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Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- December 3, 1857
- Date of Death:
- August 3, 1924
- Place of Birth:
- Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
- Place of Death:
- Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
- Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France
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just fantastic ....some of the best sentences ever written in English
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.