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"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 to life, until the world breaks in on them once more with tragic consequences. In ...
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"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 to 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 bibliography.

Now a major motion picture from Miramax starring Sam Neill and Willem Defoe, Victory takes place in 1913 in the Dutch East Indies and tells the story of one man's battle for the woman he loves and the tragedy it leaves in its wake.

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“I am glad that I am alive, if, for no other reason, because of the joy of reading this book.” —Jack London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853262562
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Classics Library Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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 OWC.

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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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Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heyst’s remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.
“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.”
The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.

Author Biography: Peter Lancelot Mallios is an assistant professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

    Serious Reading

    Wow! is all can say after reading Victory. Jack London once said that he was glad to be alive, if only for the reason of having read this book. Well, actually the story IS that good--provided one has the imagination for it. The story has wonderfully interesting characters and an equally captivating plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2015

    Nevermore

    No. They have any number of tails. I wrote most of the stuff about them at 'ed special edward'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Dante

    He runs in. Fearing that his wife may be vlose to death.

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    Posted January 27, 2015

    Darin

    (Im home schooled and i think non of my rps that i know are active right now which sucks ) leaves to to the camp

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    Posted January 26, 2015

    Reaper

    Watched boredlyl

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    Tona

    WE ARE UNDER ATTACK!!

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    Posted January 30, 2015

    Eragon

    Hello?

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    Posted January 30, 2015

    Thorn

    Mine too. But as least it works now.

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    Posted January 30, 2015

    Saphira

    Weird. I have new chapters of my fanfic out at 'moon' results two and three.

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    Umbreo. ...

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