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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He was just the kind of man who would wish to preserve appearances. That was
his restraint. But when he muttered something about going on at once, I did not
even take the trouble to answer him. I knew, and he knew, that it was impossible.
... with a being to whom I could not appeal in the name of anything high or low. I
had, even like the niggers, to invoke him — himself — his own exalted and
incredible degradation. There was nothing either above or below him, and I knew
'You knew him well,' she murmured, after a moment of mourning silence. " '
Intimacy grows quickly out there,' I said. 'I knew him as well as it is possible for
one man to know another. ' " 'And you admired him,' she said. 'It was impossible
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