Heart of Darkness: and Selections from The Congo Diary

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Commentary by H. L. Mencken, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chinua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch


Originally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century’s most enduring works of fiction. Written several years after Joseph Conrad’s grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad’s Congo Diary of 1890—the first notes, in effect, for the novel, which was composed at the end of that decade. Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad: “His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life.”
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Modern Library
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Published on
Oct 31, 2000
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9780679641247
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English
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Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Selected by the Modern Library as two of the 100 best novels of all time

Nostromo

Originally published in 1904, Nostromo is considered by many to be Conrad's supreme achievement. Set in the imaginary South American republic of Costaguana, the novel reveals the effects of unbridled greed and imperialist interests on many different lives. Although each character's potential for good is ultimately corrupted, Nostromo underscores Conrad's belief in fidelity, moral discipline, and the need for human communion. The author himself described the book as 'an intense creative effort on what I suppose will remain my largest canvas.'

'Conrad endeavored to create a great, massive, multiphase symbol that would render his total vision of the world, his sense of individual destiny, his sense of man's place in nature, his sense of history and society,' observed Robert Penn Warren. 'Nostromo is the most strikingly modern of Conrad's novels,' said V. S. Pritchett. 'It is pervaded by a profound, even morbid sense of insecurity which is the very spirit of our age.'

This volume is the companion to the acclaimed multipart series aired on Masterpiece Theatre.

Lord Jim

Lord Jim is a classic story of one man's tragic failure and eventual redemption, told under the circumstances of high adventure at the margins of the known world which made Conrad's work so immediately popular. But it is also the book in which its author, through a brilliant adaptation of his stylistic apparatus to his obsessive moral, psychological and political concerns, laid the groundwork for the modern novel as we know it.
This is the definitive digital Edition of the great modernist’s works, with every published novel, short story, novella and literary essay written by Joseph Conrad. One of the most significant writers of the 20th Century is accessible in his entirety for the first time in digital format. (Current version: 3)

* ALL 19 novels, with perfect formatting
* Links to famous film and TV adaptations
* even the rare unfinished novel Suspense, not available anywhere else as a digital book
* ALL 28 short stories, collected and perfectly formatted
* ALL of the memoirs and literary criticism
* Many images throughout the eBook relating to Conrad’s life and works
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CONTENTS:

The Novels and Novellas
ALMAYER’S FOLLY
AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS
THE N****R OF THE NARCISSUS
LORD JIM
THE INHERITORS
TYPHOON
HEART OF DARKNESS
ROMANCE
NOSTROMO
THE SECRET AGENT
UNDER WESTERN EYES
CHANCE
VICTORY
THE SHADOW-LINE
THE ARROW OF GOLD
THE RESCUE
THE NATURE OF A CRIME
THE ROVER
SUSPENSE

The Short Stories
THE BLACK MATE
THE IDIOTS
THE LAGOON
AN OUTPOST OF PROGRESS
THE RETURN
KARAIN: A MEMORY
YOUTH
FALK
AMY FOSTER
TO-MORROW
THE END OF THE TETHER
GASPAR RUIZ
THE INFORMER
THE BRUTE
AN ANARCHIST
THE DUEL
IL CONDE
A SMILE OF FORTUNE
THE SECRET SHARER
FREYA OF THE SEVEN ISLES
PRINCE ROMAN
THE PLANTER OF MALATA
THE PARTNER
THE INN OF THE TWO WITCHES
BECAUSE OF THE DOLLARS
THE WARRIOR’S SOUL
THE TALE

The Memoirs
THE MIRROR OF THE SEA
A PERSONAL RECORD

The Essays
NOTES ON LIFE AND LETTERS
LAST ESSAYS

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