Heart of Darkness & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics)
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From the cover: "Heart of Darkness is a chilling tale of horror which, as the author intended, is capable of many interpretations. Set in the Congo during the period of rapid colonial expansion in the 19th century, the story deals with the highly disturbing effects of economic, social and political exploitation on European and African societies and the cataclysmic behaviour this induced in some individuals.
The other two stories in this book - Youth and The End of the Tether - concern the sea and those who sail upon it (...)"
Looking forward to reading it.
Conrad, born in 1857, had left Poland in 1874 to start a merchant-marine career that lasted 19 years.
The three stories in the book are drawn from his career, describing adventures at sea and in exotic places. According to the introduction, they were meant to criticize colonialism and the exploitation of the "natives", but I can see why people missed that on a first read, even in his own time. They are all, however, rather melancholic, and I admire Conrad's writing style, which is very rich. He wrote these stories in English, which is all the more impressive as it wasn't his first language.
I am going to release the book soon, but I don't know where yet.
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