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Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness Paperback – March 1, 2016
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"Kurtz of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is one of the most mysterious figures in English literature. Reich sets out to explore the questions of who Kurtz was. What was his motivation? What was it that drove him so mad? He creates a compelling study that shines new light on a classic novel." - Cultured Vultures, 20 Best Books of 2016
"This book is beyond marvelous ... Reich enacts something which remains the miracle and pleasure of his book: the decadence of the sentence has to do with the material of this earth." - Caren Beilin, Full Stop
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"In Heart of Darkness, Marlow tells us that Kurtz's voice 'rang to the very last,' hiding 'in the magnificent folds of eloquence the barren darkness of his heart.' In Mistah Kurtz! James Reich turns back the clock to give that eloquence fresh room, bringing to new life one of the great characters of literature by channeling Kurtz's insistent voice directly onto every inch of these fantastic pages." --MATT BELL, author of Scrapper and In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake and The Woods
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Any reader could assume that Kurtz had a difficult childhood, but Reich’s portrayal of the harshness of this period inspires empathy. Mistah Kurtz! details the horrific ivory trade, which is almost a footnote in the original. We discover the seed of Kurtz’s Congo obsession, and his tragic journey from man to monster seems inevitable.
As you absorb the rich language and vivid imagery, keep Conrad’s classic handy to refresh your memory. Mistah Kurtz! is poetic, disturbing, insightful, a dark journey worth taking as long as you never get out of the boat.