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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Other Stories

Daniel Reed (Editor) Steve Holzner (Editor)
Synopsis Joseph Conrad’s stories share a number of themes. Heart of Darkness has been considered for most of this century not only as a literary classic, but as a powerful indictment of the evils of imperialism. It reflects the savage repressions carried out in the Congo by the Belgians in one of the largest acts of genocide committed up to that time. Conrad’s narrator encounters at the end of the story a man named Kurtz, dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities. More recently, African critics like Chinua Achebe have pointed out that the story can be read a s a racist or colonialist parable in which Africans are depicted as innately irrational and violent, and in which Africa itself is reduced to a metaphor for that which white Europeans fear within themselves. The people of Africa and the land they live in, remain inscrutably alien, to others. The title, they argue, implies that Africa is the “heart of darkness,” where whites who ”go native” risk releasing the “savage” within themselves. Defenders of Conrad sometimes argue that the narrator does not speak in Conrad’s own voice, and that a layer of irony conceals his true views.
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About the author

Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed specialises in the Nineteenth century writers on whom he earned his doctorate from Oxford in 1959. Particularly fond of Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell, Daniel Reed loves their fiction and admires their style. 'Joseh Conrad is the best fiction writer to expose atrocious British Colonialism in African continent' says Daniel who now lives in London and teaches English Literature for pleasure.

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Bibliographic information

Title Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Other Stories
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178884429
length xvi+313p., Bibliography; 22cm.