Heart of Darkness
Dover Publications, 1990 M07 1 - 80 páginas
Although Polish by birth, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) is regarded as one of the greatest writers in English, and Heart of Darkness, first published in 1902, is considered by many his "most famous, finest, and most enigmatic story." — Encyclopaedia Britannica. The tale concerns the journey of the narrator (Marlow) up the Congo River on behalf of a Belgian trading company. Far upriver, he encounters the mysterious Kurtz, an ivory trader who exercises an almost godlike sway over the inhabitants of the region. Both repelled and fascinated by the man, Marlow is brought face to face with the corruption and despair that Conrad saw at the heart of human existence.
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Only the gloom to the west, brooding over the upper reaches, became more
somber every minute, as if angered by the approach of the sun. And at last, in its
curved and imperceptible fall, the sun sank low, and from glowing white changed
to a ...
What became of the hens I don't know either. I should think the cause of progress
got them, anyhow. However, through this glorious affair I got my appointment,
before I had fairly begun to hope for it. "I flew around like mad to get ready, and ...
I became in an instant as much of a pretense as the rest of the bewitched pilgrims
. This simply because I had a notion it somehow would be of help to that Kurtz
whom at the time I did not see — you understand. He was just a word for me.
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