Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary

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‘Heart of Darkness’ has been considered for most of this century as a literary classic, and also as a powerful indictment of the evils of imperialism. Conrad’s narrator encounters at the end of the story a man named Kurtz, dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities.

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A haunting Modernist masterpiece and the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness explores the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism.

Conrad’s narrator Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz: dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities. Travelling upriver to the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. Marlow’s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning, not only of his own nature and values, but also those of western civilisation.

Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad’s most famous works in Penguin Classics, this volume contains Conrad’s Congo Diary, a chronology, further reading, notes, a map of the Congo, a glossary and an introduction discussing the author’s experiences in Africa, the narrative and symbolic complexities of Heart of Darkness and critical responses to the novel.

Edited with an introduction by Owen Knowles

‘Seems to reach into the heart of Conrad himself’ Peter Ackroyd

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Weight 0.145 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.1 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

136

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

823.912 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K