Heart of Darkness ; The Congo Diary

Heart of Darkness ; The Congo Diary

Paperback - 2007
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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. The inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now , Heart of Darkness is a quintessentially modernist work exploring the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism. 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. If you enjoyed Heart of Darkness , you might like E.M. Forster's A Passage to India , also available in Penguin Classics.
Publisher: London, England : Penguin Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780141441672
Characteristics: 136 pages :,map ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Knowles, Owen
Hampson, Robert
Alternative Title: Congo diary.


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Oct 05, 2017

Several layers of meaning, based on historical fact, and readers left to draw conclusions. Thought provoking, insightful, and yet mysterious- fully enjoyable. Should be read more than once.

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