Heart of Darkness

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Novella by Joseph Conrad, first published in 1902 with the story "Youth" and thereafter published separately. The story reflects the physical and psychological shock Conrad himself experienced in 1890, when he worked briefly in the Belgian Congo. The narrator, Marlow, describes a journey he took on an African river. Assigned by an ivory company to take command of a cargo boat stranded in the interior, Marlow makes his way through the treacherous forest, witnessing the brutalization of the natives by white traders and hearing tantalizing stories of a Mr. Kurtz, the company's most successful representative. He reaches Kurtz's compound in a remote outpost only to see a row of human heads mounted on poles. In this alien context, unbound by the strictures of his own culture, Kurtz has exchanged his soul for a bloody sovereignty, but a mortal illness is bringing his reign of terror to a close. As Marlow transports him downriver, Kurtz delivers an arrogant and empty explanation of his deeds as a visionary quest. To the narrator Kurtz's dying words, "The horror! The horror!" represent despair at the encounter with human depravity--the heart of darkness. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

"Goonetilleke's edition does much to restore the context [in which Conrad was writing] and begins with a helpful summary of Congo history. The edition contains excerpts from some of the best writers in English on conditions in the Congo Free State." (The Times Literary Supplement )

"This edition offers a bold and intelligent introduction to the book's aesthetic and philosophical challenges, gives an excitingly useful chronology of the Congo with excerpts from Congo exploration literature, and deftly anticipates issues that discussion of the text will raise." (David Leon Higdon Conradiana )

"Evenhanded…it connects Conrad palpably to the European colonization of the continent." (Harper's Magazine )

"[This edition is] far better than anything else on the market today." --Craig Keating

"Goonetilleke's edition does much to restore the context [in which Conrad was writing] and begins with a helpful summary of Congo history. The edition contains excerpts from some of the best writers in English on conditions in the Congo Free State." (The Times Literary Supplement )

"This edition offers a bold and intelligent introduction to the book's aesthetic and philosophical challenges, gives an excitingly useful chronology of the Congo with excerpts from Congo exploration literature, and deftly anticipates issues that discussion of the text will raise." (David Leon Higdon Conradiana )

"Evenhanded…it connects Conrad palpably to the European colonization of the continent." (Harper's Magazine )

"[This edition is] far better than anything else on the market today." --Craig Keating

"Goonetilleke's edition does much to restore the context [in which Conrad was writing] and begins with a helpful summary of Congo history. The edition contains excerpts from some of the best writers in English on conditions in the Congo Free State." (The Times Literary Supplement )

"This edition offers a bold and intelligent introduction to the book's aesthetic and philosophical challenges, gives an excitingly useful chronology of the Congo with excerpts from Congo exploration literature, and deftly anticipates issues that discussion of the text will raise." (David Leon Higdon Conradiana )

"Evenhanded…it connects Conrad palpably to the European colonization of the continent." (Harper's Magazine )

"[This edition is] far better than anything else on the market today." --Craig Keating

"Goonetilleke's edition does much to restore the context [in which Conrad was writing] and begins with a helpful summary of Congo history. The edition contains excerpts from some of the best writers in English on conditions in the Congo Free State." (The Times Literary Supplement )

"This edition offers a bold and intelligent introduction to the book's aesthetic and philosophical challenges, gives an excitingly useful chronology of the Congo with excerpts from Congo exploration literature, and deftly anticipates issues that discussion of the text will raise." (David Leon Higdon Conradiana )

"Evenhanded…it connects Conrad palpably to the European colonization of the continent." (Harper's Magazine )

"[This edition is] far better than anything else on the market today." --Craig Keating

About the Author

<DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">A prolific author of novels and short stories, Joseph Conrad is best known for his masterpiece Heart of Darkness, inspired by his visit to the Congo three years earlier. Tim Butcher is the author of Blood River.

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Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 970L
  • Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 116 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1456364278
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1456364274
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 16, 2010)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.29 x 8.5 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 3,007 ratings