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Title:The Secret Agent
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Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:0192801694
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Number of Pages:304
Category:Fiction, Literature, Mystery, Classics, Espionage, Novels

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Secret Agent Mr Verloc the secret agent keeps a shop in London s Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie her infirm mother and her idiot brother Stevie When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong and what appears to be a simple tale proves to involve politicians policemen foreign diplomats and London s fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations .

Based on the text which Conrad s first English readers enjoyed this new edition includes a full and up to date bibliography a comprehensive chronology and a critical introduction which describes Conrad s great London novel as the realization of a monstrous town a place of idiocy madness criminality and butchery It also discusses contemporary anarchist activity in the UK imperialism and Conrad s narrative techniques

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Heart of Darkness, Victory, Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction, Under Western Eyes, Lord Jim, The Secret Sharer, Nostromo, Heart of Darkness and Other Tales, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer, The Secret Agent
The finest of all Conrad s tales em Heart of Darkness em is set in an atmosphere of mystery and menace and tells of Marlow s perilous journey up the Congo River to relieve his employer s agent the renowned and formidable Mr Kurtz What he sees on his journey and his eventual encounter with Kurtz horrify and perplex him and call into question the very bases of civilization and human nature Endlessly reinterpreted by critics and adapted for film radio and television the story shows Conrad at his most intense and sophisticated The other three tales in this volume depict corruption and obsession and question racial assumptions Set in the exotic surroundings of Africa Malaysia and the east they variously appraise the glamour folly and rapacity of imperial adventure This revised edition uses the English first edition texts and has a new chronology and bibliography, i Heart Of Darkness i The story of the civilized enlightened Mr Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing night journey into the savage heart of Africa only to find his dark and evil soul br br i The Secret Sharer i The saga of a young inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self defense As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth and comes face to face with the secret itself br br i Heart Of Darkness i and i The Secret Sharer i draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many far flung travels In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths these two masterful works give credence to Conrad s acclaim as a major psychological writer, Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Travelling up river to the heart of the African continent he gradually becomes obsessed by the enigmatic wraith like figure Marlow s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning not only of his own nature and values but those of Western civilization A haunting and hugely influential Modernist masterpiece i Heart of Darkness i explores the limits of human existence as well as the nightmarish realities of imperialism br br Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad s most famous works in Penguin Classics this volume contains Conrad s i Congo Diary i a chronology further reading notes a map of the Congo a glossary and an introduction discussing the author s experiences of Africa the narrative and symbolic complexities of i Heart of Darkness i and critical responses to the novel, A young man sets out on his first voyage as captain aboard a vessel and among a crew that are equally unfamiliar to him A mysterious night swimmer climbs aboard and in keeping the presence of this fugitive a secret the skipper risks both his captaincy and the safety of his ship A test of nerve in the Gulf of Siam ensues