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A haunting Modernist masterpiece and the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning filmApocalypse Now,Heart of Darknessexplores the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism.
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.
Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad's most famous works in Penguin Classics, this volume contains Conrad'sCongo 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 ofHeart of Darknessand critical responses to the novel.
Edited with an introduction by Owen Knowles
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