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Heart of Darkness is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is "a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land." In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society and the attitudes on colonialism and racism that were part and parcel of European imperialism. Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood's Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness one of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: BookRix
Release: 2018-10-16
File: 154 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783736800830

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Dark allegory describes the narrator's journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad's finest, most enigmatic story.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release: 1990
File: 72 Pages
ISBN-13: 0486264645

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"Heart of Darkness" grew out of a journey Joseph Conrad took up the Congo River; the verisimilitude that the great novelist thereby brought to his most famous tale everywhere enhances its dense and shattering power. Apparently a sailor's yarn, it is in fact a grim parody of the adventure story, in which the narrator, Marlow, travels deep into the heart of the Congo where he encounters the crazed idealist Kurtz and discovers that the relative values of the civilized and the primitive are not what they seem. "Heart of Darkness" is a model of economic storytelling, an indictment of the inner and outer turmoil caused by the European imperial misadventure, and a piercing account of the fragility of the human soul.

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Genre: Africa
Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release: 1983
File: 120 Pages
ISBN-13: 0140431683

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Presents a collection of critical essays about Conrad's famous novel, arranged in chronological order of publication.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2008
File: 163 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791098257

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HEART OF DARKNESS * AN OUTPOST OF PROGRESS * KARAIN * YOUTH The finest of all Conrad's tales, 'Heart of Darkness' is set in an atmosphere of mystery and menace, and tells of Marlow's perilous journey up the Congo River to relieve his employer's agent, the renowned and formidable Mr Kurtz. What he sees on his journey, and his eventual encounter with Kurtz, horrify and perplex him, and call into question the very bases of civilization and human nature. Endlessly reinterpreted by critics and adapted for film, radio, and television, the story shows Conrad at his most intense and sophisticated. The other three tales in this volume depict corruption and obsession, and question racial assumptions. Set in the exotic surroundings of Africa, Malaysia. and the east, they variously appraise the glamour, folly, and rapacity of imperial adventure. This revised edition uses the English first edition texts and has a new chronology and bibliography. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Release: 2008-05-08
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0191582743

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Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad's fictional account of a journey up the Congo river in 1890, raises important questions about colonialism and narrative theory. This casebook contains materials relevant to a deeper understanding of the origins and reception of this controversial text, including Conrad's own story "An Outpost of Progress," together with a little-known memoir by one of Conrad's oldest English friends, a brief history of the Congo Free State by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a parody of Conrad by Max Beerbohm. A wide range of theoretical approaches are also represented, examining Conrad's text in terms of cultural, historical, textual, stylistic, narratological, post-colonial, feminist, and reader-response criticism. The volume concludes with an interview in which Conrad compares his adventures on the Congo with Mark Twain's experiences as a Mississippi pilot.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Gene M. Moore
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 2004
File: 279 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195159967

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Generally regarded as the pre-eminent work of Conrad's shorter fiction, 'Heart of Darkness' is a chilling tale of horror which, as the author intended, is capable of many interpretations.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Release: 1995
File: 219 Pages
ISBN-13: 1853262404

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A group of white men journeys up the Congo River to invade the jungles of the Belgian Congo, in an effort to rob the natives of their irovy.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 1995
File: 166 Pages
ISBN-13: 0140186522

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Now in its second edition, this popular case-study of Conrad's classic short novel reprints an authoritative text together with five essays (four of which are newly-commissioned or revised) written from a range of contemporary critical perspectives.

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Genre: British literature
Author: Ross C. Murfin
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Release: 1996-11-11
File: 315 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781349140169

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Discusses the writing of Heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad. Includes critical essays on the work and a brief biography of the author.

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Genre: Africa
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 121 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438117102

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