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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What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental
pretence but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea — something you can
set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to. ..." Heart of Darkness He
I went on along Fleet Street, but could not shake off the idea. The snake had
charmed me. "You understand it was a continental concern, that trading society;
but I have a lot of relations living on the continent, because it's cheap and not so ...
I wouldn't like him to get a false idea of my disposition. . . .' "I let him run on, this
papier-mache Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my
forefinger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe.
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