Secret Agent

Secret Agent

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Overview

Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780460871907
Publisher: Everyman Paperback
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Paperback Classics Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Tanya Agathocleous is Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College, City University of New York.

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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The Secret Agent 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Rode More than 1 year ago
Joseph Conrad has become my favorite author. Today, The Secret Agent came in the mail and I'm anxious to begin he story immediately. However, on the down side, in my paperback edition the print is so small it will have to be read in short, eye-strained sessions.
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Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I honestly don't know. O-O That's just who he is."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just today I finally finished reading The Secret Agent. This has to be (not only one of the best Conrad Novels) one of the greatest novels I have ever read. It is an amazing tale of terrorism, and plotting deep within, and really makes a person think about the psychological horrors of man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this, I thought that it was a satire, but reviews that I've read indicate otherwise. The story is about a reluctant secret agent who is in it only for the money and who botches his first terrorist act, thus triggering a wave of events that lead to his demise. Although the story is certainly not funny, it¿s hard to take it seriously. Conrad must have been smiling when he came up with the idea for the clue that leads to the discovery of the terrorist's guilt. The 'known terrorists' with whom the secret agent associates are anything but threatening, especially the grossly overweight Michael, who spends all his time writing a book about his prison experience, and Comrade Ossipon, who is horrified at the sight of a dead body and appalled that he might be implicated in a murder. It's interesting that Conrad refers to the bomb builder as the 'perfect anarchist,' perhaps because he has no interest in his customers¿ motivations or the purposes fulfilled by his weapons. Is this a satire? You be the judge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Conrad's prophetic tale of Anarchists written in 1907 is the story of our current World Trade Center crisis. Anarchists or Islamic Terrorists bent on the innocent destruction of life or progress such as science in the case of Conrad is evil..it needs not be understood but crushed. Anarchism,Terrorism both strike at the heart of decency killing innocent people and destroying innocent symbols of humanity. Conrad's heart of darkness is visible in the Secret Agent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most laborious reads of my life. I would not wish it upon anyone. In fact, if it had not been included on USA Today's TOP 100 English language novels of all-time, I would have not read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story itself wasn't complicate at all, but the main charactor's psychological inner struggles make story exciting. Even though the author's mother's tongue was not English, his English vocabularies are limitless and very intelligent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a man who speak English as a second language, I was so surprised at his writing. He used many difficult English words in his novel and I coulnd believe his mother language wasn't even English and he learn it after age of 20. Even though the story is quite short, it was very exciting and very clever and well organized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
P-P-P-P-P-PARAMORE?!?!?!?" He finds his sterio and puts in still in to you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont hate him, i pity his showing wimpiness.