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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They passed me within six inches, without a glance, with that complete, deathlike
indifference of unhappy savages. Behind this raw matter one of the reclaimed,
the product of the new forces at work, strolled despondently, carrying a rifle by its
anxieties now, he took us both in with a comprehensive and satisfied glance: the '
affair' had come off as well as could be wished. I saw the time approaching when
I would be left alone of the party of 'unsound method.' The pilgrims looked ...
Their glance was guileless, profound, confident, and trustful. She carried her
sorrowful head as though she were proud of that sorrow, as though she would
say, I — I alone know how to mourn for him as he deserves. But while we were
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