by Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness is the best known novel written by Joseph Conrad. Set in the late 1800s in the Congo, it examines the relationship of two men, Kurtz, a European who has "Gone Troppo" (Going Crazy) while working in the ivory business and Marlow, a steamboat captain who goes looking for him. Along the way, we read of the casual violence by Europeans toward Africans.
Conrad uses the structure of a story within a story to depict the effects of imperialism. Marlow's rambling allows a realistic first person account of the era. Conrad's technique of layering alludes to the confusion of colonialism for all sides involved.
In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness as the sixty-seventh of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.
"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."
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This book is unabridged and appears as it was first published in 1899.
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About the Author
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with books such as Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and especially Heart of Darkness, his best-known and most influential work.
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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