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Heart of Darkness / The Secret Sharer
Heart of Darkness / The Secret Sharer
Author: Joseph Conrad
Heart Of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. — The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sail...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553212143
ISBN-10: 0553212141
Publication Date: 5/1/1982
Pages: 208
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Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of this century. Heart of Darkness, which first appeared in Blackwood's Magazine in 1902,makes a devastating comment on the corruptibility of humankind. Based on Conrad's own 1890 trip up the Congo river, the story is told by Marlow, the novelist's alter ego. It is a journey into darkness and horror-both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape and metaphorically, as he witnesses the depths of moral depravity symbolized by agent Kurtz. Another voyage into self occurs in The Secret Sharer, the tale of a young sea captain's first command as he sails into the Gulf of Siam0and into an encounter with his "double" the Jungian shadow self of the unconscious mind.
Joseph Conrad boldly experimented with the novella and novel forms, filling his writing with the exotic places he himself had traveled, and concerned himself with honor, guilt, moral alienation, and expiation of sin. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer encapsulate his literary achievements-his haunting portrayal of the dark side of man.
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2 deep, intriguing studies into the depths of the human soul.
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Classic literature.
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Heart of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul.
The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive-sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth--and comes face to face with his secret self.


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