Victory: An Island Tale

Victory: An Island Tale

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by Joseph Conrad
     
 

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Heyst was known in the East Indies as a character: a perfect gentleman, a Swedish Baron, 'enchanted' Heyst, a dreamer. For years he had drifted harmlessly around the islands. Then, after a failed business venture, he settles alone on Samburan, only to emerge to steal Lena - violinist with the touring Ladies' Orchestra at the Schomberg Hotel - right from under

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Heyst was known in the East Indies as a character: a perfect gentleman, a Swedish Baron, 'enchanted' Heyst, a dreamer. For years he had drifted harmlessly around the islands. Then, after a failed business venture, he settles alone on Samburan, only to emerge to steal Lena - violinist with the touring Ladies' Orchestra at the Schomberg Hotel - right from under Schomberg's lustful gaze. But Schomberg sends to the island three outlaws, and Samburan becomes the setting for a final duel of character.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140183597
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/1992
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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J. H. Stape is Senior Research Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, and has taught at universities in England, Canada, France and the Far East. The author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge University Press, 2014), he has edited and co-edited several volumes for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad. He has also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.

Alexandre Fachard, Chargé de cours at the Universités de Lausanne and de Genève, teaches English literature. He has edited Within the Tides (Cambridge University Press, 2012) for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad and has written for The Conradian and The Yearbook of Conrad Studies. He has also contributed articles on Sheridan and Swift to The Literary Encyclopedia.

Richard Niland is Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde and has also taught at Richmond International University (London). He is the author of Conrad and History (2010) and the editor of Volume 3, A Personal Record to The Arrow of Gold, of Joseph Conrad: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has written for The Conradian, the Journal of Popular Culture and The Polish Review.

Aaron Zacks is Lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas, Austin.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 3, 1857
Date of Death:
August 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
Place of Death:
Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Education:
Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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