Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary

Introduction by: Owen Knowles
Editor: Owen Knowles
Editor: Robert Hampson
Notes by: Owen Knowles

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141441672
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Joseph Conrad’s enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism

Heart of Darkness is the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this 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 of those that underpin Western civilization itself. This edition also includes Conrad’s Congo Diary, a glossary, and an introduction discussing the author’s experiences of Africa, critical responses, and the novel’s symbolic complexities.

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Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary

Joseph Conrad, Introduction by: Owen Knowles, Editor: Owen Knowles, Editor: Robert Hampson, Notes by: Owen Knowles

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