Nostromo : A Tale of the Seaboard (Hardcover) - Conrad, Joseph

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(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)Conrad''s foresight and his ability to pluck the human adventure from complex historical circumstances were such that his greatest novel, Nostromo -- though nearly one hundred years old -- says as much about today''s Latin America as any of the finest recent accounts of that region''s turbulent political life. Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its recreation of the subtropical landscape, this picture of an insurrectionary society and the opportunities it provides for moral corruption gleams on every page with its author''s dry, undeceived, impeccable intelligence.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679409908
SKU 30116366
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0679409904
Release Date 5/1/1992
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Author Info
Joseph Conrad
Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzenioski, son of Polish nationalists who died in exile for their political activities, was raised by relatives in various parts of Eastern Europe. He went to sea at 16, and spent 20 years at sea, working first on French merchant ships in the West Indies, then on English ships, where he learned the language and traveled to Latin America and Africa. He drew on these experiences for much of his fiction; in 1890 he was the commander of a ship that traveled up the Congo River, the inspiration for HEART OF DARKNESS. He began writing in 1892, on a voyage from England to Australia, and in 1895 he left the British merchant service to become a full-time writer. He settled in London and married an Englishwoman. Although English was not his native language, he is renowned for the subtlety and descriptiveness of his prose--despite the fact that he spoke the language all his life with a heavy accent. His model for the writing of fiction was Henry James, whom he addressed as "cher ma?tre." Conrad died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 67. His epitaph, taken from Spenser's THE FAERIE QUEENE, reads: "Sleepe after toyle, port after stormie seas, /Ease after warre, death after life, does greatly please."
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"Conrad's supreme triumph."
"'Nostromo' floats before us, vivid and severe, one of the few mastering visions of our historical moment and our human lot."
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Editors Note Introduction by Tony Tanner
Editors Note 1 'Nostromo'--though nearly one hundred years old--says as much about today's Latin America as any of the finest recent accounts of that region's turbulent political life.
Annotation A pessimistic novel about political power in a Latin American country, and the inhumanity and brutality that result when ideals and reality clash. NOSTROMO is considered by many to be Conrad's greatest novel. It was one he hesitated to write, he says in the introduction, "as if warned by the instinct of self-preservation from venturing on a distant and toilsome journey into a land full of intrigues and revolutions." But, he concludes, "It had to be done."
First Line In the time of Spanish rule, and for many years afterwards, the town of Sulaco--the luxuriant beauty of the orange gardens bears witness to its antiquity--had never been commercially anything more important than a coasting port with a fairly large local trade in ox-hides and indigo.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0576
Publisher Everyman's Library
Series Part 0000

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