The Secret Sharer: Including screenplay by Peter Fudakowski [NOOK Book]

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Atlantic. All its phases were familiar enough to me, every characteristic, all the alternatives which were likely to face me on the high seas—everything! except the novel responsibility of command. But I took heart from the reasonable thought that the ship was like other ships, the men like other men, and that the sea was not likely to keep any special surprises expressly for my discomfiture.

Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s short story ‘The ...
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The Secret Sharer: Including screenplay by Peter Fudakowski

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Atlantic. All its phases were familiar enough to me, every characteristic, all the alternatives which were likely to face me on the high seas—everything! except the novel responsibility of command. But I took heart from the reasonable thought that the ship was like other ships, the men like other men, and that the sea was not likely to keep any special surprises expressly for my discomfiture.

Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s short story ‘The Secret Sharer’, first published in 1910, Peter Fudakowski’s 2014 Secret Sharer film is a contemporary fable told with epic beauty, humour and a twist in its tale. Secret Sharer is a romantic and sensuous moral story about a young man’s journey into maturity through challenging human relationships on the high seas.

Bloomsbury Reader’s edition of The Secret Sharer includes Conrad’s original text, Peter Fudakowski’s screenplay, exclusive images from the film, as well as two invaluable essays by literary critic, Gene M. Moore, which explore the fiction of Joseph Conrad, and its inexhaustible appeal for screen and theater adaptations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448214440
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/12/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 275,988
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Joseph Conrad [born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski] (1857–1924), was a Polish born mariner and writer who, after a turbulent youth, moved first to France and then Britain. He spent most of his twenties and thirties working on various ships, from wealthy three-masters to rusty steamers, voyaging around the world and rising in rank until he attained a master’s certificate in 1886. The same year Conrad took British nationality. His marine career came finally to an end in 1894 due to increasing importance of steam sail, for which Conrad’s qualifications were not satisfactory.
He then began his literary career, for he was drafting stories in his spare time even when working at sea. After a slow start, the major success came between 1897 and 1911 with publications of short stories and novels such as ‘Youth’ (1898), Lord Jim (1899), Heart of Darkness (1899), Typhoon (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), ‘The Secret Sharer’ (1910) and Under Western Eyes (1911).
Conrad’s works were influenced by his sea voyages and adventures, and his novels often revolve around the significance of imperial enterprises and the moral dilemmas they inflict. The echoes of his Polish upbringing in a difficult political time may be traced in the underlining sense of isolation, embattled honour, and political disillusionment prevailing many of his works.
Because of the exotic settings and adventurous plots of Conrad’s works on one hand, and the moral complexity of his characters on the other, many of his works became an inspiration for stage and film adaptations.

Secret Sharer is Peter Fudakowski’s first feature film as director, as well as the writer of the screenplay. Peter started writing screenplays in 1994 and, together with his wife Henrietta, has developed and produced numerous feature films, including Tsotsi (2005) which won the Oscar for Best Feature Film in a Foreign Language. Peter studied Economics at Cambridge University where he was President of the Union Society. He gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and started his working life as a banker. But his passion has always been for feature films, so his career in banking was mercifully short.
In 1985, Peter and Henrietta set up their own production company, Premiere Productions which is still in the business of feature film production and finance. Peter and Henrietta are currently developing their next feature film, Corams Children, which is about three childless men, Thomas Coram, George Frederic Handel, and William Hogarth who set up the first Foundling Hospital for abandoned babies in London during the mid 18th century. Peter and Henrietta have two children, Adam – an inventor married to Katie, a barrister, and Kasia – a sculptor. They are also blessed with two identical grandchildren who have been promised roles in Corams Children.
Joseph Conrad [born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski] (1857–1924), was a Polish born mariner and writer who, after a turbulent youth, moved first to France and then Britain. He spent most of his twenties and thirties working on various ships, from wealthy three-masters to rusty steamers, voyaging around the world and rising in rank until he attained a master’s certificate in 1886. The same year Conrad took British nationality. His marine career came finally to an end in 1894 due to increasing importance of steam sail, for which Conrad’s qualifications were not satisfactory.
He then began his literary career, for he was drafting stories in his spare time even when working at sea. After a slow start, the major success came between 1897 and 1911 with publications of short stories and novels such as ‘Youth’ (1898), Lord Jim (1899), Heart of Darkness (1899), Typhoon (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), ‘The Secret Sharer’ (1910) and Under Western Eyes (1911).
Conrad’s works were influenced by his sea voyages and adventures, and his novels often revolve around the significance of imperial enterprises and the moral dilemmas they inflict. The echoes of his Polish upbringing in a difficult political time may be traced in the underlining sense of isolation, embattled honour, and political disillusionment prevailing many of his works.
Because of the exotic settings and adventurous plots of Conrad’s works on one hand, and the moral complexity of his characters on the other, many of his works became an inspiration for stage and film adaptations.
Secret Sharer is Peter Fudakowski’s first feature film as director, as well as the writer of the screenplay. Peter started writing screenplays in 1994 and, together with his wife Henrietta, has developed and produced numerous feature films, including Tsotsi (2005) which won the Oscar for Best Feature Film in a Foreign Language. Peter studied Economics at Cambridge University where he was President of the Union Society. He gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and started his working life as a banker. But his passion has always been for feature films, so his career in banking was mercifully short.
In 1985, Peter and Henrietta set up their own production company, Premiere Productions which is still in the business of feature film production and finance. Peter and Henrietta are currently developing their next feature film, Corams Children, which is about three childless men, Thomas Coram, George Frederic Handel, and William Hogarth who set up the first Foundling Hospital for abandoned babies in London during the mid 18th century. Peter and Henrietta have two children, Adam – an inventor married to Katie, a barrister, and Kasia – a sculptor. They are also blessed with two identical grandchildren who have been promised roles in Corams Children.

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

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