Joseph Conrad's classic take on the depravity of colonialism is the story of Charles Marlow's arrival in Africa, where he is sent down the river to bring back the charismatic Mr. Kurtz. Metaphorical and full of imagery, Conrad's semi-autobiographical novella is a must-read. 129 pages, softcover.
This is Conrad's most subtle, compressed and proleptic work. Acclaimed as a supreme literary achievement, it has also come under literary, historical, and political attack. The profoundly influential novel journeys toward the settlement of the demonic Mr. Kurtz, the genius who would represent the best of Europe-but who, turned by the colonial experience to abuses both psychological and social, horrifies his investigator Marlow and commits him to witness the repulsive profundity of his own soul and times.
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