Under Western Eyes

Under Western Eyes

by Joseph Conrad
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Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad

First published in 1911, Under Western Eyes traces the experiences of Razumov, a young Russian student of philosophy who is uninvolved in politics or protest. Against his will he finds himself caught up in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing directed against the Tsarist authorities. He is pulled in different directions -- by his conscience and his ambitions, by powerful opposed political forces, but most of all by personal emotions he is unable to suppress. Set in St Petersburg and Geneva, the novel is in part a critical response to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, but it is also a startlingly modern book. Viewed through the 'Western eyes' of Conrad's English narrator, Razumov's story forces the reader to confront the same moral issues: the defensibility of terrorist resistance to tyranny, the loss of individual privacy in a surveillance society, and the demands thrown up by the interplay of power and knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781437826012
Publisher: IndyPublish
Publication date: 06/12/2008
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Roger Osborne is a researcher at the University of Queensland where he has managed the Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing Project and the Aus-e-Lit Project. His doctoral thesis (2001) at the University of New South Wales, Canberra included an edition of the Under Western Eyes typescript. He has published widely on the transnational history of Australian literature and written on Conrad.

Paul Eggert, an Australian Research Council professorial fellow, is based at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He has been an editor for the Cambridge Edition of D. H. Lawrence, prepared scholarly editions of Henry Kingsley, Rolf Boldrewood and Henry Lawson and was general editor of the Academy Editions of Australian Literature.

Keith Carabine, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Kent at Canterbury, and Chair of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK), is the author of The Life and Art: A Study of Conrad's 'Under Western Eyes' (1996) and the literary editor of Wordsworth Classics. He has also written on Sherwood Anderson, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Wright Morris and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Jeremy Hawthorn, Professor of English at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has published widely on Conrad as well as editing Conrad titles for Oxford World's Classics. His work includes Sexuality and the Erotic in the Fiction of Joseph Conrad (2007) and co-editing 'Under Western Eyes': Centennial Essays (2011). He has also published on New Historicism, Marxist theory and the contemporary critical debate.

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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Under Western Eyes (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Under Western Eyes contains the incite and commentary into revolt and human struggle that is usually only found in genuine russian novels of the previous generation. Although Conrad's 'The Secret Agent,' written on a similar theme, was cumbersome, Under Western Eyes has the same style that makes Lord Jim and other stories so enjoyable.
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gets into the 'faux' thinking of a potential 'terrorists' brain/thinking
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