The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale   -     By: Joseph Conrad
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The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed original of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism; and in its use of a powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange, in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of the terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for both guilty and innocent alike.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.35 X 1.01 (inches)
ISBN: 0679417230
ISBN-13: 9780679417231

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Inspired by an attempt in 1894 to blow up London’s Greenwich Observatory, The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed original of the long tradition of espionage thrillers that explore the confused motives at the heart of terrorism. Published in 1907, Joseph Conrad’s novel was remarkably prescient, anticipating the political contours of the next century, as well as the classic spy novels of such later writers as Graham Greene and John Le Carré.

Conrad’s double agent, Verloc, is a Russian spy tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group in London. His mission to discredit the ineffectual radicals and their cause goes awry, and involves his unsuspecting wife and her vulnerable younger brother in disastrous ways. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, The Secret Agent broke new literary ground. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange, in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region’s moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for both the guilty and the innocent.

Introduction by Paul Theroux

Author Bio

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with works such as Typhoon (1902), Youth (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), Chance (1913), and Victory (1915).

Editorial Reviews

"The Secret Agent is an astonishing book. It is one of the best—and certainly the most significant—detective stories ever written." —Ford Madox Ford

"The Secret Agent is an altogether thrilling ’crime story’ . . . a political novel of a foreign embassy intrigue and its tragic human outcome." —Thomas Mann
 
 "One of Conrad’s supreme masterpieces." —F. R. Leavis
 
 "[The Secret Agent] was in effect the world’s first political thriller—spies, conspirators, wily policemen, murders, bombings . . .  Conrad was also giving artistic expression to his domestic anxieties—his overweight wife and problem child, his lack of money, his inactivity, his discomfort in London, his uneasiness in English society, his sense of exile, of being an alien . . . The novel has the perverse logic and derangement of a dream."
—from the Introduction to the Everyman's Library edition by Paul Theroux

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