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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Flames glided in the river, small green flames, red flames, white flames, pursuing,
overtaking, joining, crossing each other— then separating slowly or hastily. The
traffic of the great city went on in the deepening night upon the sleepless river.
volubility and many digressions, as soon as I told him who I was, that my steamer
was at the bottom of the river. I was thunderstruck. What, how, why? Oh, it was 'all
right.' The 'manager himself was there. All quite correct. 'Everybody had ...
In front of the first rank, along the river, three men, plastered with bright red earth
from head to foot, strutted to and fro restlessly. When we came abreast again,
they faced the river, stamped their feet, nodded their horned heads, swayed their
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