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VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind
Life on the river is brutal, and unknown threats lurk in the darkness; the silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming.

Marlow's mission to captain a steamer upriver into the dense interior leads him into conflict with the others who haunt the forest. But his decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumours, leads him into more than just physical peril.

Reviews

This small novel is written with intense clarity - sentence for sentence it is still more unsettling than many unpleasant books that have been written since

Anne Enright

Conrad's narrative arsenal is awesome... Conrad deals in profundities if he deals in anything, but it is just his ability to clip his own wings in midflight, to puncture his ponderously magnificent dirigibles, that make him such an impressive literary performer

Sunday Times

Still the debate rages: is Conrad's novella an incisive critique of colonialism, or does it reinforce the very racist values it claims to unmask? Either way, his shrouded account of Marlow's journey into the "god-forsaken wilderness" of the Congo demands to be read. At its core lies the enigmatic, awesome Kurtz, and civilisation itself. "And this also," said Marlow suddenly, "has been one of the dark places of the earth"

Guardian

Conrad broadened the descriptive range of the English language (his glowing and luxuriant delight in words, the haunting decor of the tropics, all that maritime terminology) more than any of his contemporaries

Independent

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  • Heart of Darkness

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    9781784875305

    August 6, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    128 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141199788

    November 21, 2012

    Penguin Classics

    122 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780241956809

    June 12, 2012

    Penguin General UK

    112 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141441672

    February 6, 2008

    Penguin Classics

    192 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099511540

    October 1, 2007

    Vintage Classics

    176 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781857151749

    November 26, 1993

    Everyman

    112 pages

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  • Heart Of Darkness
    Joseph Conrad

    EBook

    9780141974163

    November 21, 2012

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    128 pages

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    9781407090757

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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    Joseph Conrad

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    9780141900445

    February 6, 2008

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